How much are you really worth?

My mission in authoring this blog is to inspire you to discover yourself and create your own personal success. In this particularly article, I want to motivate you to free your consciousness from the trappings of materialism and realize your true worth. At the end of the day, it’s all about self discovery.

Interesting observation

In recent months, there’s been a spate of kidnappings and demands for ransom here in Nigeria. This situation is primarily due to the frustrations of the people in the Niger Delta region of our country. They feel that the benefits they get from the Federal Government and Oil Companies are not worth the degradation of their environment. Consequently, in other to express this frustration and anger, they formed militant groups who began to kidnap foreign nationals working in those regions.

Unfortunately, as the government clamped down on the militants, the spate of kidnappings escalated into other areas. These militants, and other crooks taking a cue from them, began to carry out kidnappings for purely monetary motivations. They would kidnap someone (usually a person with high and wealthy connections) then demand that the family of such individuals pay a ransom to have them back. My hope is that this sordid state of affairs will soon come to an end. I also pray to God daily that He will rescue innocent men and women in this nation from the snares of evil people.

Nevertheless, in the course of these kidnapping activities, I observed that the amount of money demanded by the kidnappers was normally a function of their estimate of the worth of the person held captive visavis the financial capacity of the redeemer; in other words, how much the redeemer is able and willing to pay to recover the person. On this basis, kidnappers have demanded as high as $400000 and as low as $8000.

So a ransom of say, $400000, represents the monetary value of a captive from the perspective of his kidnappers. In this sense, the value of the individual becomes a function of the cost of his or her redemption.

Yet, can a person’s worth be calculated in terms of money? Is it possible to evaluate the value of an individual on the basis of financial and material considerations?

Well, I happen not to think so.

Human beings are yet to realize the worth of human beings

When Jesus asked the questions,

“…what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36,37

He underscored the invaluable worth of the human being. In other words, if it were possible to place all the wealth and resources of this entire universe on a scale in comparison to you, your intrinsic worth will outweigh them all!

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Self Discovery

So far, we’ve been examining various aspects of the self discovery process. Below are aspects we’ve already covered:

#1. Become aware of your vital connection to God.
#2. Acknowledge the infiniteness of the varieties of divinity.
#3. Understand that you are a unique variety of divinity.
#4. Discern your message.
#5. Capture your passion
#6. Identify your abilities.

There are other aspects of the process, but I want to deal with them in a second edition of this series. For now let me put down some of my concluding thoughts on the present edition.

The entire series is appropriately titled ‘How To Discover Yourself and Achieve Personal Success’ because, you must discover yourself if you want to enjoy personal success, influence, and lasting greatness. In my opinion, self discovery is probably the most powerful tool for a life of impact.

Majority of people passing through this planet are completely estranged from their true selves, living as inferior clones of others! This is pathetic. Don’t let it happen to you!

Life actually begins for you the day you discover yourself. Until then, you are merely existing. Extraordinary men and women are individuals who have come to terms with their true selves and are translating that awareness into tangible and intangible benefits to the rest of humanity.

Your true self is your personal key to success, and impact. Your true self is hidden in you. He or she is not always obvious! This is why I use the word ‘discovery’…this is why I say, discover yourself.

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Yes, you have a mission!

Last week I wrote a post ‘9 Very Inspiring Benefits of Blogging‘ which has already had over 1000 page-views. That article captured my personal reflections on the impact of my blogging so far on my own life and that of others. I wrote about the challenges that my results have brought to me, particularly, the inspiration to provide better services to my readers.

As I wrote in that article, I recently went through all of the messages in my email and social network inboxes in order to review my interactions with readers over the past 7 months; my intention was to locate what my readers wanted to know the most from me. I observed a trend, particularly from the point that I wrote The Cure For Poverty and gave the blog interview at Mindset For Living. Most of the questions seemed to revolve around issues related to “how did you go from being a poor Nigerian village boy, to authoring a widely read blog, gaining so much spiritual, pastoral, and leadership influence online and offline, and getting invitations to international events?”

Consequently, I decided to do a series of posts offering more practical counsel on how to discover yourself and achieve your own personal success. I also indicated that I’m working with two dear friends from Pittsburgh and Illinois to create ‘Discover Yourself’ and ‘Personal Success’ tele-seminars which I intend to offer FREE on this site.

I’m firmly committed towards fulfilling these promises as we head into the month of April.
Let me begin by sharing a few of my thoughts on the concept of self-discovery…

Discover yourself: What’s it all about?

Some have described life as a journey; that it’s not a destination but rather an ever unfolding process. In my opinion, however, life is much more than a journey, and it’s also more than a destination: Life is a mission, that is to say, a journey with a purpose. I also believe that you cannot complete that mission if you are disconnected from your origin, or your source, because the blueprint for that mission, as well as the power to accomplish it, are contained within your source.

Whether you are consciously aware of this or not, you are not a creature of chance, neither are you an accident of nature. You were deliberately designed to fulfill a definite mission in time, space, and ultimately, in eternity. Yes, you have a mission!

Interestingly too, you came into time and space with a sense (‘knowing’, or ‘perception’) of your mission and your origin built into you. I know that most people have no clues as to what these are, yet that sense, or ‘knowing’ is there; it’s embedded or programmed into you. So, you don’t determine, or define this mission, you discover it.

Relative to this sense of mission, or destiny, is the quest for happiness, which is just a search for personal identity. Yes, happiness is your search for your origin, for your identity, for who you are, and for why you are. This is why I believe that the happiest people on earth are those who have found the source of their being, and their mission for being; they are united with their source and are pursuing their mission.

So, your quest for happiness, and your search for personal identity, are inextricably linked; you can’t achieve the one without the other. The quest for happiness and fulfillment was built into you from the onset in order to lead you to your sense of origin, mission, and destiny.

The moment you reconnect with this sense, and recognize your mission, you automatically trigger off the passion or energy to pursue and achieve it. It is impossible to silence the voice of destiny once it’s awakened by knowledge.

Now, this whole experience of reconnecting with your sense of mission and origin, of recognizing your destiny, and awakening the voice of destiny, is what I refer to as self-discovery.

You would have observed that I always refer to ‘mission’ constantly in connection with ‘origin’. This is deliberate because, as I wrote in Discover Your Personal Brand , your identity is the same as your mission. In order words, ‘who you are’ is one and the same with ‘why you are’; the two can never be separated! It is clear then that you don’t determine or define yourself, you discover yourself.

Of course, self-discovery entails a whole lot more than what I’ve just written in this paragraph. Nevertheless what you have here is a good handle on the subject.

Discover yourself: It leads to personal success

Self-discovery is a deeply spiritual experience. It’s an awakening, a return to your origin, to your source; it’s a return to your Maker. Self-discovery is coming back home, a realization of who you are; it’s a re-union with your Creator. I often refer to it as a re-birth.

On the other hand, personal success is a subjective experience, the only proof of which is a deep and abiding inner joy and happiness. There is no other proof of personal success. In this sense, no man can tell you whether you are successful or not; you are your own judge on the matter. If you need another person to tell you whether or not you’ve been successful, then that success is hollow and empty. True personal success is a subjective experience that can only be validated by a deep and abiding inner joy and happiness within you.

And I want you to know that personal success is connected to self-discovery. One cannot experience personal success without an intimate and conscious acquaintance with one’s true self and mission. This is why I’ve always written and taught that self-discovery is the foundation of personal success, fulfillment, and relevance. So, until you discover yourself, you really cannot experience genuine personal success

Discover yourself: It is the basis for self-expression

Self-discovery is a sort of mystic journey into the core and epicenter of your being. This journey is usually attended by the following discoveries:

  • Your core beliefs
  • Your abiding passion
  • What you are very good at
  • Your original, unique, and divine design

These attendant discoveries then accelerate the self-discovery process itself, as well as empower the acceptance, embrace, and expression of self. Obviously, self-expression – which is the key to relevance and impact – is difficult without self-discovery.

Courage

Let me point out here that self-discovery does not automatically lead to self-acceptance and self-embrace. In fact, the bridge between self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-expression, is courage. That is to say that when you discover yourself, you need the courage to embrace this discovery and express it fully.

In other words, even when you discover yourself, you still need the courage to translate that discovery into a life of impact and relevance by embracing and expressing yourself.

This month’s focus

My emphasis in the month of April will be on the theme ‘Discover yourself’ and ‘Personal success’. These are already the main emphasis of this site, however, as I wrote earlier, I will be offering a series of posts in the month of April dealing with more practical counsel on how to discover yourself and achieve your own personal success.

I will also be offering FREE tele-seminars on ‘Discover Yourself’ and ‘Personal Success’ on this site. More information will be available on this in the coming days.

I invite you to be a part of this thrilling journey of enlightenment and awareness of who and why you are. Beginning from tomorrow, the very first day of April, we’ll begin to explore the subject of ‘How to discover yourself and achieve your own personal success’.

Don’t miss a thing!!!

 

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How to think for yourself

People who think for themselves are a rarity on this planet. This is because our planet has become hijacked by fearful and insecure personalities who are threatened by any form of free thinking and independent individual expressions. In fact, so entrenched is this condition of things that even individuals who started off as proponents of freedom of thought and expression sadly degenerated into oppressors of independent thinking.

Martin Luther, for instance, is famous for his efforts to protect each person’s right to act only in ways that are congruent with his or her conscience. Yet, he too succumbed to fear and insecurity; religious and political power corrupted him. At first, he opposed coercing religious dissidents, but later encouraged his political friends to execute by burning those who held opposing religious positions. Unfortunately, human history is littered with such testimonies of fear, insecurity, and intolerance.

Because of my firm belief that human peace and progress will be enhanced the more people like you take hold of their own minds and think for themselves without fear, I hope to inspire you through this post to think for yourself.

A very empowering and energizing experience…

I like to think for myself. In other words, I do not swallow any theories, principles, expert opinions, ideas, ideologies, concepts, teachings, doctrines, and so on, hook, line and sinker. I take time to examine each piece by piece over time, and then grow into an awareness of my own personal convictions.

During this period – while I’m interacting with any concept – I maintain a very open mind on the subject as I soak into my consciousness all that’s available to me on it, letting all the thought-streams flow through my heart and consciousness. I’ll eventually lock-in what resonates with me and let others just keep streaming by.

I do not even dogmatically or emotionally attach myself strongly to any of the personal convictions that I become aware of. I maintain a very open-mind connection that allows these convictions to automatically drop off once I’ve evolved into a new level of awareness.

This is very empowering and energizing for me. It’s hard to describe the thrill of freedom that you experience as you begin to think for yourself. I can only tell you that it’s a very empowering and energizing experience; its a great place to be in.

Not too convenient though…

But I can assure you that it’s not a very convenient place to be in. My open minded attitude and approach to doctrinal and religious issues has often, and continues to be misunderstood by my more conservative brethren who would rather prefer that I use my position and opportunities to bind others to narrow-minded and poorly conceived religious views.

Well, I pray I never do that.

Though I encourage you to take hold of your own mind, and think for yourself, because its your right and it’s up to you to exercise it, I’m not in any way suggesting that this is an easy or convenient path. It isn’t, particularly if you’ve been used to swallowing ready-made, officially processed thoughts and conclusions, and if you are needy of human acceptance and affection.

But if you are seriously determined to think for yourself, here are my suggestions.

5 ways to think for yourself

#1. Spend time alone with yourself

To think for yourself demands that you painstakingly cultivate and develop your own inner awareness and consciousness – through personal meditation and solitude. During this periods, think about your own answers to the questions of life. Forget about the answers and solutions that you’ve swallowed unquestioningly and try to obtain your own answers – those that resonate with you.

#2. Put a question mark on all conclusions

Deliberately treat all conclusions with suspicion and learn to enjoy and feel at home with contradictions. That way you can relish the various paradoxes of reality without the need to resolve them. Oh, how I love contradictions!!! I literaly thrive in them! As a matter of fact, I’m suspicious of all conclusions…I just can’t help it. 🙁

In 1994, as an undergraduate of Electronic Engineering at the University of Nigeria, I put question marks on all the biblical doctrines that I’d been taught from childhood. This was no easy feat, considering the fact that I started reading the bible in my native language at the age of 5 and started public preaching at the age of 6! The moment I did that, however, I experienced an opening of my mind that is still difficult to describe. I believe that was when I acquired the capacity to think for myself – a gift I’m so grateful for today.

Try this and see what happens. 🙂

#3. Challenge your own conclusions

Continuously challenge your personal assumptions and beliefs to see if they can withstand the evolution of your inner self.

Sharon, my wife, and I have a game that we play regularly. First of all, one person states his or her beliefs, conclusions, and convictions in certain areas, using the bible as the foundation. The other person will then try to argue against that position using arguments from the bible, logic, and natural laws and principles. At the end of the day, our perspectives and perceptions are broadened and enriched through this process.

#4. Engage in conversations with everyone… 🙂

Particularly those who don’t agree with you or share your views. They have their reasons and those reasons can help strengthen or modify your own perspectives.

This is an integral aspect of my strategy for challenging my own conclusions; I constantly subject them to discussions with those who are not in agreement with my positions. I listen to their points and reasoning. Sometimes, I come out strengthened in my own position; at other times, I modify or completely abandon my position to accommodate new perspectives.

Examine and observe the perspectives that are diametrically opposed to your most cherished views. Not necessarily to change or modify them, but with the higher aim of learning, growing, and broadening your awareness of reality. Remember, reality is multi-dimensional.

If you converse only with those that agree with and share your pet views, you’ll fall prey to what I call ‘ideological in-breeding’. This weakens your perspectives and tends to narrow-mindedness and bigotry.

Of course, this strategy demands an open mind and lots of courage.

#5. Don’t jump to conclusions.

Allow your convictions to gradually dawn on you.

Final thoughts…

An open mind on all subjects is one of the greatest riches of life. I believe it’s a virtue you should diligently cultivate. Don’t be afraid of change, it’s a constant in the equation of life. In fact, your capacity to change is a true measure of your ability to remain relevant through the passing of time. A closed mind will impede your capacity to think for yourself thereby hinder your spiritual and intellectual evolution.

Take hold of your mind today and think for yourself.

How to create wealth

There’s a mindset that locks people into lack inspite of their efforts to create wealth; that is the attitude that expects something for nothing.

If your attitude is to always expect something for nothing, there’s really no difference between you and a common beggar.

A close relative of this attitude is the mentality that measures wealth and success solely in monetary terms: to measure wealth and success solely in terms of cash is to be a very poor person and live a very miserable and frustrated life.

People who view wealth and success as matters of bank notes and material acquisitions tend to become penny-wise and pound-foolish. For instance:

  • They’ll most likely sacrifice valuable relationships because of money.
  • They’ll probably sacrifice integrity and a good name because of money.
  • They may betray trust because of money.
  • They may sacrifice quality because of money.
  • They may sacrifice truth because of cash.

Components of genuine wealth

In reality, wealth is a long-term reward for serving the greatest number of people; it is not measured strictly in cash but in:

  • The goodwill of your fellow human beings; networks of useful, helpful, supportive, and loyal relationships.
  • A good and dependable name.
  • The deep abiding inner joy, happiness, and fulfillment that comes from service.
  • The power and motivation that comes from a sense of relevance, knowing that you have something that your world needs.
  • Of course, monetary and material abundance too. 🙂

Some productivity questions

If you want to achieve genuine success and wealth, think and operate in terms of value creation and distribution – by finding your own personal answers to these productivity questions.

  1. What value have you created for the benefit of your fellow human beings?
  2. Are you a contributor (creator) of resources, or a consumer?
  3. Of what use are you to your nation, community, church, neighborhood, school, and place of work? What are your contributions there?
  4. How many people have you put smiles on their faces with your talents and abilities?
  5. How many people’s profits have you increased with your services?
  6. How many people’s quality of life have you enhanced with your skills and services?

Until you shift your focus from money and start thinking in terms of value creation and distribution, you will live a very miserable and frustrated life.

More productivity questions

  1. What can you do?
  2. What can you contribute?
  3. How many people are benefiting from your substance?
  4. What are you doing daily to improve the quality of your performance?
  5. What are you doing daily to reach a wider group of people with your substance – products and services?

These are productivity questions; they are wealth creation questions.

Until you genuinely create wealth for others by adding more value to their lives, you have no right to expect wealth for yourself.

Most wealthy people today never set out to make money. They discovered something that they were genuinely interested in and good at. Then they sought and found ways to exploit those things for the greater good of others. Money was just a by-product of their efforts.

If you shift your focus from money to value creation and services, you’ll evolve into a truly wealthy person.

My contributions…

I continually ask myself, “What are my substances, values, contributions, and so on? What can I offer to my world for the greater benefit of humanity?” Below are the values and contributions that I strive daily to invest into the lives of others.

  1. The inspiration to discover yourself and courageously express yourself to God’s glory and the benefit of mankind.
  2. Hope for a better tomorrow.
  3. Wisdom to live a struggle-free and suffering-free life.
  4. An enhanced capacity to believe and receive more miracles from God.

I strive to make these contributions through:

  1. Word of mouth: Speaking, teaching, preaching, personal counseling, even telephone conversations.
  2. Inspirational products: audio and video cds, magazines, books, and booklets.
  3. Online resources: blog posts and articles, podcasts.
  4. Events and meetings: Metamorphosis (weekly teaching seminar at the Success Academy Nigeria), Ultimate Experience (Weekly worship service of the Citizens Family Nigeria), Leadership Classes and Seminars.
  5. Media outreaches: Radio and Television broadcasts.

Some of my distribution formats or channels allow me to make my contributions one on one,that is to one person at a time- such as during personal counseling. Others allow me to make it to a group of people per time, such as during events and radio broadcasts. But others allow me to make those contributions to one person, groups, and diverse audiences repeatedly because they are now in permanent forms – such as my blog posts, audio and video cds, books, magazines, and so on.

In the end, I get to make my contributions to my fellow human beings to God’s glory, using what He’s already deposited in me. This is why I can never be poor, but can only get wealthier.

If I may ask you again, what are your contributions?

 

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9 Very Inspiring Benefits of Blogging

I’ve been blogging now for just about 7 months, but am already enjoying several benefits. Here are is a brief list of 9 very inspiring benefits I’ve derived so far from blogging:

Expanded opportunities for service and influence

#1. I’ve had the privilege of reaching and serving tens of thousands of readers from over 70 countries (according to my Google Analytics stats)

#2. I’ve given a blog interview that drew lots of attention to my work in Nigeria, as well as to this site.

#3. I’ve received numerous requests to have my articles re-published on other blogs.

Valuable friendships

#4. I’ve made hundreds of friends at Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Blog Catalog… and counting.

#5. I’ve met several lovely men and women with whom I’m now collaborating to create more value for others online and offline.

More money

#6. I’ve received cash donations (yes, money! 🙂 ) from readers in support of my work.

International exposure

#7. I’m getting ready now to fly to the USA to be the featured Guest Speaker at the 4 plenary sessions of the ‘Woman Discover Yourself ’09’ Conference in Pittsburgh,’ a direct result of a series or articles I wrote on the subject woman empowerment.

#8. I’m also preparing to preach at a church in Pittsburgh, PA – a direct result of the Conference invitation above.

#9. I’ve received invitation to a radio talk-show in far away New York (an interesting fact considering that I live and work in Nigeria and have never traveled to the USA!) The internet and online social networks are truly phenomenal connectors.

More amazing and very humbling experiences

It is so inspiring, motivating, and energizing to observe:

  • How the internet has continued to evolve into a phenomenal platform that enables the creation and distribution of more and better quality services.
  • How online social networks have made the world a truly global village. I work in Nigeria, but on a normal day, I get people from Sydney, New York, UK, Pittsburgh, Spain, and Montreal, making practical realtime input into my work. I’ve gotten blog ideas from places like Melbourne, Australia, and Montreal, Canada, as well as editorial suggestions from Atlanta!
  • It’s humbling to open my email, FB, SU, and Twitter inboxes and realize that hundreds of people now look up to me for mentorship, guidance, and spiritual leadership; and I’ve not met even one of them face to face!
  • I’m practically reaching more people through my blog than a combination of both my radio and offline pastoral ministry!

The more I ponder on these incredible experiences, the greater the awareness that the times offer us such tremendous opportunities for service like no other time in human history.

Greater motivation for higher quality value creation

Initially, as my blog traffic soared past the 1000 pageviews per day mark, it was thrilling to know that all I had to do was just click ‘publish’ and thousands will be able to read what I’d written. Now, however, it’s humbling and challenging as I ask myself, “How am I using this opportunity?”

Because of it’s ease of use and low entry barrier for those who are tech and web savvy, the internet is subject to so much abuse. Not necessarily just by the despicable acts of internet crooks who distribute pornographic content and indulge in paedophile, but also from those who exploit the online platform solely for selfish purposes.

Yet, as much as I’m concerned about these abuses, my greater concern is that those who have genuine content and value to give, might not be doing all that we could and should to elevate the quality, quantity and spread of our values.

In the light of these considerations, I recently decided to go through all of the messages in my email and social network inboxes in order to review my interactions with readers over the past 7 months; my intention was to locate what my readers want to know the most from me. What I discovered was fascinating!

Actually, I noticed a pattern; particularly from the point that I wrote The Cure For Poverty and gave the blog interview at Mindset For Living. Most of the questions seemed to revolve around issues related to “how did you go from a poor Nigerian village boy, to authoring a widely read blog, gaining so much spiritual, pastoral, and leadership influence online an offline, and getting invitations to international events?”

These are no easy questions; but I can’t avoid them if I want to help more people grow and achieve their own personal successes. This is why I’ve decided to expand and intensify my spiritual research into the mysteries of life and success both from my personal experiences and exposures, and those of others. I intend to do a series of posts on this site that are aimed at enhancing your personal process of self-discovery as well as showing you how to apply the principles of self-discovery towards achieving greater personal success.

I’m also working with two dear friends from Pittsburgh and Illinois to create a ‘Discover Yourself’ and ‘Personal Success’ teleseminar which I intend to offer for free to you.

In order to be more relevant to you and provide more pragmatic, effective, as well as deeply spiritual answers to your life quests, I’m motivated to push myself harder beyond all limits to acquire the solutions that you need.

Have a gorgeous weekend!

As you move into this weekend, however, I’d like you to settle down with some of my already published thoughts on the subject of self-discovery and personal success. Below are some of my favorite writings so far (and as also indicated by my blog stats) on how to discover yourself and achieve greater personal success.

Personal Branding in 17 Words.
Your personal answer to the question, “Who are you?” is very critical to your success, distinction, and influence in life. Not many people are able to answer this question in any generation. In fact, most people never even get to ask the question of themselves! This particular post – the most popular on this site – will inspire you to reduce your life mission to just less than 17 words! Be sure to read the second part of the series.

The Core of Your Expertise.
This is the second most popular post on this site and it’s not surprising as it takes a complex subject – how to discover yourself – and reduces it to a few simple steps. It is the first in a 3-part series or articles that includes the following:
Find and Pursue Your Own Success
Your Personal Success Formula

You can also visit my Home Page to see a feature of 12 of the most read and inspiring articles on this site. I wish you a gorgeous and restful weekend. God bless you.

Why bad things happen to good people…

One of the toughest questions I’ve ever been asked as a Pastor during seminars, conferences, and personal counseling is this, “Why do bad things happen to good people…and why do good things happen to bad people?” 🙂

Well, I have four answers to that question:

First of all, there are no good or bad people…there are only right and wrong actions.

The question, “Why do bad things happen to good people, and why do good things happen to bad people?” is basically flawed because it’s based on a wrong premise – the assumption that there are good and bad people. In reality, there are no good or bad people, there are only right and wrong actions (I like to include thoughts as actions because they have consequences).

Based on some narrow dogmatic interpretations of religious writings, you and others of your kind may label people as good or bad. Well, that doesn’t make them so. This is why the Creator of this Universe doesn’t seek any individual’s opinion before giving out favors or curses to inhabitants of our planet.

I know a lot of people might not like this answer because we all like to feed our egos and claim that we are good; we also like to point our fingers at the other fellow and say that that he or she is bad. Yet, in reality, there are no good or bad people, there are only right and wrong actions.

This understanding is basic to unraveling the riddle of why bad things happen to good people and vice versa. Before you throw your flames at me for my assertion, read what Jesus Himself said when someone called Him, “Good Master…”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone.” ~ Luke 18:19

One reason I do not subscribe to organized religions (I referred to them as ‘religious uniformities’ somewhere) is because they reinforce the base human instinct of branding those outside our circle of belief as evil.

Once upon a time, I was called a devil and labeled a false prophet by the Christian denomination to which I belonged, simply because I dared to think for myself and pursue my personal convictions. It was then that I came face to face with the wickedness and hostility inherent in organized religion.

Organized religion has for centuries been a tool for the oppression, suppression, and subjugation of the free will of man. Centuries of murders, wars, treachery, and betrayals, have borne out the fact that organized religions are bastions of ignorance and intolerance used to suppress free thought and retard human progress and evolution. One of it’s chief enterprises is the branding and labeling of individuals and groups of people as good or evil based on some silly and foolish fantasies and superstitions.

When any of the brainless drones of any of these organized religions peer out of the narrow confines of their religious cells and see those outside their cocoons and caves thriving and flourishing, they ask, “Why do good things happen to ‘bad’ people?” And when they observe the wretchedness and barrenness of any of their kind – usually the natural result of ignorance and adherence to hollow and meaningless traditions – they wonder, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

In a sudden burst of elevated awareness, an ex-religious bigot made this statement:

“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” ~ St. Peter, Acts 10:34,35

Peter in essence realized these basic facts:

  • God does not show favoritism. 🙂 This is quite contrary to what religious bigots think.
  • He accepts men from every nation, as long as they fear Him, and do what is right. Again this is contrary to what most members of each organized religion believe. They would rather that God accepted only members of their narrow circles.

In reality, however, God is not a respecter of persons; He is rather a respecter of the principles and laws He has set in place to govern the Universe. This article emphasizes the aspect of ‘what is right’, but I promise you another post would dwells on the aspect of they that ‘fear Him.’

Secondly, the rightness or wrongness of any action is not a function of religious beliefs, or human traditions; it is rather a function of the immutable and self-evident universal laws of nature

For this reason, I encourage you to invest more time in trying to understand the universal laws and principles of life, than you do trying to become another religious bigot.

There are many categories of laws; I’ll divide them first into two broad categories, then I’ll subdivide the other one into more subs.

  • Manmade laws: The majority of religious, traditional, and cultural laws that we find in organized religions and ethnic cultures, are simply man-made laws. They bind people and enslave millions without offering any significant benefits – in fact they impede human progress and hinder true insight into the real spiritual and material principles that govern the universe. This is why slavish adherents to organized religious laws tend to live such impoverished and un-productive lives.
  • Universal spiritual and material laws: These are the authentic laws and principles governing all aspects of human and non-human interactions at all levels of being in the universe. They are self evident for those who have the eyes to recognize them. They do not respect creed or culture. Adherence to these set of laws enrich, empower, nourish, and prosper those that live by them unlike the man-made laws.

Universal spiritual and material laws can further be sub-divided into more categories according to the different aspects of human interactions that they govern. Here’s a very brief list to give you an idea of what I have in mind:

  • Moral laws: honesty, integrity, justice…
  • Economic laws: Parkinson’s, demand and supply…
  • Laws of relationships: tolerance, understanding…
  • Health laws: Diets, exercise, rest…
  • Physical laws (scientific): Gravity, motion, floatation…

Of course, there are others.

An action is right or good when it is in positive alignment with the universal spiritual and material laws; in the same vein, an action is bad or wrong if it is in negative alignment with the universal spiritual and material laws. My aim is to get you to shift your thinking from ‘good and bad people’ to ‘right and wrong actions.’ I also want you to align that thinking with the universal laws rather than religious beliefs.

Thirdly, positive consequences attend right actions, and negative consequences attend wrong actions.

This is simply the law of sowing and reaping in action. There are practically two broad categories of human experiences – fortunes, and misfortunes. Fortunes are the results of good understanding and masterful application of the principles governing the universe – in other words, of right actions. Misfortunes, on the other hand, are the consequences of violating (knowingly, or ignorantly) the principles governing the universe – in other words, of wrong actions.

The wise man Solomon noted that:

“Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.” Proverbs 13:15

Another word for wrong action is ‘sin’ – one of the most commonly misunderstood and abused words of all time. ‘Sin’ is a popular word among certain religious groups. But they define it in narrow terms – the violation of some man-made religious rules and views. Yet, sin is a universal concept. It’s not even a religious concept at all. In my way of thinking, sin is fundamentally a scientific concept.

I define sin as any violation of any truly universal spiritual and material principles. I really don’t care if you buy this definition or not, it doesn’t change a thing!

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law for sin is a transgression of the law” ~ I John 3:4

I can almost hear someone screaming that the law here speaks of the law of Moses, and that’s exactly my point; you define a good person as someone who slavishly and ignorantly adheres to a set of humanly biased and prejudiced interpretations of religious writings. That is why you wonder when bad things happen to your so-called ‘good’ people.

My friend, you can paraphrase the Scripture I just quoted to read; “sin is any violation of any genuine universal spiritual and material principles.” That’s the more enlightened view of the concept. And when you understand it, the puzzle as to why bad things happen to good people, and vice versa, vanish. You then understand that there are no good people…there are only right and wrong actions.

A sinner is someone who violates any of the governing laws of the universe – knowingly or ignorantly. When some one performs a wrong action with respect to a true universal law, the fellow has sinned, and there are consequences. This Universe is governed by principles and laws. Anyone can avoid, or at least minimize suffering if they understand and diligently apply the principles governing this universe. Hardships and unnecessary suffering in life come from transgression – the willful, or ignorant violation of universal laws and principles.

You may think that you are righteous because you hold certain religious creeds and affirmations…I can only pity you because thats why you would never understand the cause of your misfortunes.

For instance, what happens when an individual jumps off a 100 storey skyscraper? Thats a clear violation of the Law of Gravity; in other words, the fellow has committed a sin against a planetary law of physics! Now the universe does not know whether the fellow is a pagan, Hindu, spiritualist, Christian, or Moslem, it gives them exactly the same reward – broken bones! 🙂

So it is in other aspects of reality. There are laws governing every aspect of interactions in this Universe and at any time you violate any of them, you introduce hardship and suffering in the sphere of life that they govern.

Imagine the measure of suffering that is in this world as a result of people violating the laws of health. Those laws don’t make any distinctions based on religious affiliations.

The laws of economics and wealth creation do not recognize religious affiliations either. This is why so many slavish adherents to the world’s organized religions languish in poverty, and suffering.

On ‘incurable’ diseases and ‘disabilities’

What about those that are plagued with serious illnesses – such as, cancer, AIDS, and those other illnesses that have been labeled as ‘incurable’ by medical experts? Am I saying that they brought it on themselves and that they are being punished for some sin? What if they were born that way, how is that their fault?

Well, first of all, no disease is ‘incurable.’ So, the moment you accept a mindset that insults the capacity and power of God, you’ve performed a wrong action. When you elevate the opinions and expertise of men above the power of God, that’s idolatry (a wrong action). You now understand why I say that sin is not a religious, but rather a scientific phenomenon.

I cannot in anyway blame someone who’s going through pain and suffering as a result of illness for their physical condition; but I’ll hold them responsible for their attitude and mindset towards their condition and the possibility of their getting better and living normal lives. You do not violate the principles of the universe just by doing the wrong thing, but also by failing to do the right things . So, when a sick person gives up hope because of the medical reports of a fellow human being, I believe that’s a wrong action that can worsen that condition, intensify suffering, and prolong the process of recovery.

The right action is to have a positive attitude and expect a miracle!

Miracles…

When we speak of miracles, I do appreciate that we are making reference to occurrences and manifestations that transcend the present understanding of universal laws by some, and that’s ok. In this sense, I do believe in miracles. Technically speaking, though, there really should be nothing like ‘miracles’ because everything is natural. In my way of thinking, miracles do happen and they are perfectly in harmony with universal laws and principles.

I was miraculously healed of five debilitating diseases as I wrote in Supernatural Healing ;medical science had given me practically no hope. I’m also a healing evangelist and have witnessed and continue to witness all kinds of miracles in my meetings. Yet I agree with St. Augustine when he says that “Miracles are not contrary to the laws of nature, but are only contrary to our understanding of them.”

At the age of 24, I became the youngest self-published author in my state of origin here in Nigeria. My book, ‘Rivers in the desert’, earned me hundreds of thousands of Naira, lots newspaper publicity, as well as a tele-speech to Nigerian youths in Washington and Maryland, USA. Let me quote a line from that book:

“…the dictionary didn’t say that miracles are against the laws of nature. No. This is because those laws were instituted by God and are the very laws that hold the entire universe together. The dictionary rather says that miracles do not follow the known laws of nature. They are beyond the realms of man’s present knowledge and understanding at any point in time. In other words, humans at any point in time do not know all there is to know of the laws of nature; so any occurrence beyond the borders of our knowledge is considered a miracle. So miracles follow divine, natural, eternal laws, but are usually beyond the realms of human understanding at any point in time.”

My point in making reference to miracles is to give you hope if you are going through some challenging physical sickness and suffering. I’m saying that the right action for your situation would include a belief in the possibility of miracles to pull you out where the doctors have given you no hope. I’m saying that it would be wrong to accept a man’s statement that your case is incurable and hopeless; that would be an insult to the power of the God who created the Universe. You’ve got to do whatever you can to cultivate faith and a positive attitude in your heart. I’ll encourage you to read this post, “Supernatural Healing,” as it will boost your faith and point out some practical steps towards experiencing miraculous and supernatural healing.

People on sick beds love sympathy – wrong action :(.
I understand that because, as I’ve already written, I was in that state for the greater part of 17 years.
But what sick people do need is greater responsibility over their lives – right action:).
They may like to play the victim; so when you offer sympathy, you reinforce their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

What sick people need is the challenge to change their mindset and take more responsibility over their lives and outcomes. They need solutions, not sympathies.

I’ve been a pastor and healing evangelist now for 18 years. I have visited several hospitals and continue to make pastoral visits to the sick in hospitals and homes. I’ve had hospital presidents come to my office to ask me to visit their hospitals to talk and pray with their patients. I’ve seen thousands of undisputable healings and miracles take place throughout my ministry. So I’m not insensitive to the ordeals of sick people, as you might be tempted to think.

Besides, I was sick for 17 years. I was so tortured by pain and infirmities that I contemplated suicide several times. So I understand what sick people want, versus what they really need. They want sympathy and pity; but they need inspiration to greater responsibility, right thinking, and effective solutions.

Jesus said to them, “Rise and be healed…” He also said to them, “Your faith has healed you…” And that’s exactly my message to you if you are in such a situation, or you do have a loved one in such a situation. Rise and be healed, in other words, assume responsibility for your situation and do something about it, even if so-called experts have given you no hope. It is your faith that counts; it’s what you believe and think about the situation that matters. I believe that there’s hope for you and that you can be healed and live a normal life.

And even if you don’t get healed in the form of a miraculous restoration to total physical wholeness, you can still enjoy a happy and fulfilled life by developing and maintaining a positive, grateful, and thankful attitude for the various blessings that you already have.

Fourthly, faithful adherence to one category of universal laws does not spare you from the painful consequences of violating some other set of laws.

You can keep your so-called religious laws faithfully – and thereby qualify yourself as a ‘good’ person – but if you violate the laws of health, you’ve committed sin against those laws. 🙂 The consequence may be sicknesses and diseases, depending on the gravity of your offense.

Your religious group might brand you a righteous man because you pay your dues to the system and adhere blindly to their silly rituals, but if you violate the laws of wealth creation, you’ve committed sin against those laws. The consequence may be that you’ll live in poverty, and lack.

I believe you get my point. Faithful adherence to one category of universal laws does not spare you from the painful consequences of violating some other set of laws. For instance, what would be the fate of a man who has become wealthy as a result of masterful application of the universal laws of wealth creation, but who violates the laws of health? He’ll end up as a very rich, but very sick person. This is why balance is very important in life.

In Conclusion…

There’s really no injustice in creation…in the natural order of things. Everything proceeds according to precise and set laws, even if we do not have a perfect understanding of these laws. So the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people, and vice versa?” suggests the presence of injustice in the Universe, and so is fundamentally flawed.

The challenge, in my point of view, is for you and I to pursue an expanding and growing insight into the laws governing all aspects of creation. That way we’ll live richer and happier lives, and quit passing judgments on other people.

I also discourage blind adherence and passive allegiance to the ignorant and uninformed dogmas of organized religions. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, understand the true laws of creation, master them and live like the god you were designed to be.

So there you have it: my four dimensional answers to the question of why bad things happen to good people, and why good things happen to bad people.

So what do you think? Share your thoughts…

Greatness attracts criticisms

Have you ever been criticized?
Have you ever felt the pang of emotional hurt as a result of the unfair comments of others?

Who hasn’t?

In fact, lots of people today are totally frustrated because they are trying so hard to live up to the expectations of others; to please everybody and avoid criticisms.

We all love compliments and affection, but if you live your life trying to get everyone to like and compliment your efforts, you’ll live a very miserable and frustrated life.

Because I have an overwhelming passion to see you express yourself without fear, and in spite of public opinion, let me show you how to deal with criticisms.

Greatness attracts criticisms

Greatness and success attract criticisms just as honey attracts bees! You must learn to feel at home with criticisms – to either ignore them or use them. If you can’t handle criticisms, slandering, and false accusations, don’t aspire for greatness, because the top is full of them; the top is very very hot!

If you are a man or woman who is on a mission and who manifests significant achievements, be sure that you’ll be attacked. If you have worthwhile goals and dreams, be sure that you’ll be criticized and slandered; it’s part of the package.

If you stand out from the crowd, if you are visible, be sure that you’ll be unjustly criticized. So rejoice when you receive criticisms because it means that you are visible, that you are somebody significant. Criticisms signify visibility; the people in the audience notice those on the stage, those who are in the spotlight. People on stage, on the other hand, are normally so blinded by the spotlight and busy with their stage demands that they do not notice those in the audience. The fact of the matter is that if nobody is criticizing you, you are not visible.

In life, we’re always going to have critics. We’ll always have difficult people who try to upset us and steal our peace and joy. But, you don’t have to respond to every critic. You can decide to take the high road and let your results speak for themselves. And even if you don’t have any results, it’s nobody’s business; it’s your life, learn to enjoy it, however it is.

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How to transform your problems into fortunes

 

They can’t destroy you!

 

Do you know that the challenges you face are the stepping-stones to your promotion, and that they can’t destroy you?

In this article, I want to show you how to transform your problems into fortunes. Yes, your problems are blessings in disguise; you just need to develop the wisdom and courage to manage them wisely and creatively.

I live and work in Nigeria. But, according to the Google Analytics stats for this blog, over 70% of my traffic come from the USA, and that’s usually as much as 3000 USA visits per month. Next to that are Canada, UK, Australia, Nigeria…in that order. Consequently, I appreciate the fact that the majority of those who read this blog are going through tough times in your finances, marriages, and health.

I can imagine that you have piles of bills to pay with no clues as to how. A lot of you are scared that you may not be able to keep your homes because of the mortgage. You’ve got health problems without adequate health insurance; you’ve been diagnosed of sicknesses and diseases that are eating away not just at your life, but also at your pocket book at an alarming rate. Because of soaring unemployment rates, you’ve already lost your job, or are scared you’ll soon lose it. Your marriage, probably at this moment is practically broken and you are hurting deeply. Yes, I know, these are tough times.

But, I want you to know this: the challenges you face are the stepping-stones to your promotion; they can’t destroy you.

So don’t pack-up or give-up! And as I wrote sometime on this blog, Don’t panic! Hope and believe.

 

The song of champions

 

“Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.”
~ Samson, Judges 14: 14

This riddle came out of Samson days after his victory over the lion. It is the song and testimony of champions. They transform problems into fortunes. They extract meat from devourers and sweetness from troubles and problems. Samson did not just kill a lion; he ate honey out of its carcass!

Part of the message of this article is this: problems are blessings in disguise. When you understand this simple principle, you’ll face the challenges of your life with hope and courage, rather than fear and hopelessness; then you’ll be able to transform your problems into fortunes.

I don’t know how Joseph, the 11th son of the patriarch Jacob felt when his brothers sold him as a slave to strangers. I imagine that he must have felt betrayed, and he must have been terribly hurt. But several years later, in retrospect he made the following powerful statement with respect to his brothers actions:

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…”
~ Joseph, Genesis 50:20

What a high-altitude awareness!

In the epic battle between David and Goliath, the very sword of Goliath that was meant to kill David became the tool in his hand for slaying the giant. Similarly, the gallows that the wicked Heman designed to use in destroying Mordecai, became Mordecai’s instrument of revenge against the Prime Minister.

The point is this, if you develop the wisdom and courage to manage your problems and challenges wisely and creatively, they’ll turn into blessings; not only will you kill the lions of life, but you’ll also eat honey from their carcasses. You can transform your problems into fortunes.

Always bear in mind as we go along that the key element is to wisely, creatively, and courageously manage your problems.

It all depends on you

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. ~ Proverbs 24:10

In other words, your success or failure has very little to do with the strength of your problems; it has more to do with your strength! This is a profound thought…

In other words, whether or not your problems defeat or destroy you has nothing to do with their strength, intensity, or ferocity; it rather has to do with your own inner fortitude and strength. You are the key factor in determining the effect that difficult situations have on you – whether they end up as blessings or as curses.

Make no mistake about this, your problems do not just turn into blessings on their own. They have that potential, but it doesn’t just happen.

Problems can be gifts, but they can also be curses.
They can make you, but they can also mar you.

However, problems can only become what you make out of them.

If you manage your problems wisely, and creatively, you can transform them into fortunes; you’ll actually be able to look back several years later and say, “Wow! That was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

How to transform your problems into fortunes

 

#1 Attitude matters; be grateful, and thankful for the situation

How do you see that challenge or negative situation that you are currently faced with? What’s your perception and perspective of the situation?

“In everything give thanks…” ~ I Thessalonians 5:18

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” ~ Ecclesiastes 7:14

Every champion in the arena of life will quickly caution you not to conclude too soon that a circumstance is negative. They know from hindsight that what normally appears to be negative are usually disguised fortunes. In fact, the more attuned you become to the spiritual dynamics of the universe, the more you realize that nothing is really negative.

Everything is positive – sometimes obviously; at other times not so obviously.

I mean, think about the crucifixion, for instance; at the time, it appeared to be the darkest moment in the life of Jesus, yet it is written concerning that event that:

“None of the rulers of this age understood it (God’s secret wisdom), for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” ~ I Corinthians 2:8

That event became Jesus’ greatest monument, as well as eternal tool, of conquest and victory. Because of His perfect spiritual awareness, He knew even before He went to the cross that it was going to be His master stroke of victory! “And I,” He said in John 12:32, “if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” By the time His enemies realized what He meant, it was far too late.

Don’t miss the point: your present problems are fortunes in disguise. 🙂

Cultivate the attitude that gives thanks in all circumstances. Attune yourself spiritually to appreciate the mystery that there’s really no negative situation:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

Isn’t she an angel!

A friend of my dad who is a pastor in London recently lost so much weight that he is now looking 20 years younger…literaly!

Sometime this year, he was at the embassy here to renew his visa. Upon arrival, a very hostile receptionist informed him that he must obtain the new e-passport now being used in Nigerian. He tried to argue that his current passport was still valid for several more trips, all to no avail – the girl was simply impossible.

He shrugged and walked away. At that moment, he felt bad, wondering at his bad fortune to have met this girl and at the hostile treatment he’d just received from her.

He eventually got the new e-passport and after several days returned to the embassy to continue the process. This time, he noticed that the officials were practically ignoring him and attending to other people. He eventually observed the steadily increasing numbers of security personnel in the hall, though he never thought that their presence had anything to do with him.

Finally, one officer approached him with his documents and said, “Sir, there’s a problem with your application. We can’t seem to reconcile your physical appearance with the picture in this passport.” The pastor was told that his physical appearance was in stark contrast to the one in the picture – he was 20 years younger! He felt it was a light matter and began to protest that he was the same person. He eventually came face to face with the harsh reality that he needed more than verbal arguments to escape being labeled as an impostor. 🙁

Amidst the fiasco, someone suddenly remembered that the new e-passport contained a sample of the holders finger prints. It was suggested that they run a finger print test on the pastor, and when they did, his prints matched the sample on the passport.

The man escaped arrest, and of course got his visa renewed.

Now, here’s the interesting part: As he walked out the door, he saw the girl that had been ‘hostile’ to him a few days earlier – the girl that had demanded that he get the new e-passport. As he stared at her, the awareness slowly crept in on him that this girl must have been an angel in disguise! He immediately realized that he’d probably have gone to jail had it not been for this girl’s ‘hostility.’

“Isn’t she an angel,” he though as he walked away from the embassy. He told me that he was seriously considering sending her a thank-you gift for literaly saving him from jail!

Your life is what you make of it

What is happening around you, and to you, is not as important as what is happening within you.
Do not see yourself as a victim of circumstances; do not evaluate yourself with what’s happening to you.

You are a child of God.
You are strong beyond measure.
You are more than a conqueror.
You are beloved of God.
You are special.

Your self image shapes your attitude towards your life’s experiences. Your attitude then determines how you respond to challenges which in turn determines the outcome. Your life is what you make of it.

#2 Assume full responsibility for your life’s outcomes

Your present circumstances, to a large extent, is the sum of previous decisions and choices made by you. Assume full responsibility for your present situation as I wrote in choices .

My personal experience has been that each time I am able to assume total and complete responsibility over my circumstances, it results in a frame of mind that creates effective solutions. On the other hand, when I play the blame game and try to pass the buck over to some other person, my mind degenerates into a negative mode, making me feel grumpy and sour; this negative mode creates a kind of jam to my mental and spiritual processes, thereby inhibiting my capacity to envisage viable solutions.

You must never underestimate your capacity to alter your circumstances. But you must first assume full responsibility for your life.

So, ask yourself, “What particular decisions of mine positioned me for this situation?” Don’t do this in a self-condemnatory mode. Do it in a learning mode.

Pursue solutions, not sympathy

My observation as a counselor is that because most people see themselves as victims, they’ll rather have sympathy than solutions. This is pathetic and despicable.

Quit feeling sorry for yourself.
Quit looking for sympathy.
End your self-pity party.
Pursue solutions.

#3 Create a road-map to a preferred reality

I counseled with someone recently whose life was in a mess as a result of a faulty marital decision made several years ago. She was too young then to have known any better, but it was her decision nevertheless. I pointed out to her some dumb decisions she made back then including rejecting the counsel of more experienced elders.

She was expecting a miracle. I told her that the only miracle I’ll pray for was for an empowered and expanded understanding of the cause of her present predicament.

Many people make stupid decisions that mess up their lives. Then they come to a pastor and expect him to wave his hand in prayer and invoke God to swoop in and clear the mess. Well, God sure does miracles, but He’s not an irresponsible God! He will neither fund your folly, nor sponsor your stupidity. Often it took years of accumulated wrong decisions to bring you where you are and it’s unfair to expect a change in mere days or hours.

I told her, “It’s taken you years of bad decisions, and wrong actions to arrive where you are. You should not expect to reverse it all in a moment. What you need is a road map – a sequence of actions that you’ll patiently undertake to alter your situation.” I also told her that she must assume full responsibility for the entire process and be willing to invest the needed time needed to see the process through.

Ask yourself, “What temporary and permanent lifestyle adjustments do I have to make in order to reverse this situation?” Usually, the early stages of such processes are tough and painful, so much that you’d rather avoid them. Fortunately, however, it often turns out that when you are willing to invest enough time doing the right things necessary to reverse your circumstances, it takes less time. Sudden turns of fortune favor the prepared, persistent, and patient, rather than the hasty.

You might want to study the article I wrote on how you can beat the global economic recession.

So, what is the most important action you’ll need to take right now to move towards a viable solution? Seek professional and experienced counsel. Opinions and personal assumptions (including those of quacks) can complicate matters and prolong suffering.

#4 Patiently execute

How long you prepared to do the right thing to change your situation? Beware of quick fixes.

After carefully creating your road map to a preferred reality, you must keep your gaze straight ahead of you. You must focus on your objectives and not panic and pack-up at the least sign of trouble. Stay steady and execute your master plan to the finish.

Beware of distractions too. Sometimes, some easy alternatives will pop up in your mind while you are still working your master plan – particularly at those times where you encounter some tough obstacles. Don’t allow such easy alternatives to derail you from your highway (except when they are clearly better and smarter alternatives.)

#5 Expect a miracle!

Yes, if you are grateful and thankful for whatever circumstances you are in, then you have every right to expect a miracle.
If you courageously assume responsibility for your life’s decisions, choices, and actions, you can legitimately expect a miracle.
If you have wisely and painstakingly created a road map to a preferred reality, you can expect a miracle.
If you patiently execute your plan of action without letting yourself be distracted or discouraged, you can expect a miracle.
Yes, miracles do happen, but they usually attend those who put their faith into action.

My prayer is that these 5 keys will help you transform your problems into fortunes.

Transcend all religious uniformities!

“Organized religions have long held unquestioned authority for large numbers of people, and continue to do so in our supposedly secular age.” ~ Robert Greene

Religious…

Everywhere I go, people want to know my personal opinion concerning the future of religion. My thoughts on this issue are quite clear; mankind has always been, and will always be religious. This is because we’ll always be scared of uncertainties, curious about the unknown; we’ll always have unanswered questions, and illogical manifestations, and as long as these things exist, man will always tilt towards religion. The fact is that opponents of organized religion – of which I am one – will come and go, but as long as there are groups of men and women on this planet, religion will always be a major part of human existence.

Ours is a very religious world. Look at our Cathedrals, Mosques, Shrines, Church houses, and the seemingly endless processions filing in and out of them all the time. Observe our faces, our solemn expressions – holier-than-thou attitudes. Watch our ritualistic ceremonies as we file in, take our seats, and chant our myriads of religious incantations. Yet, because of all the wickedness that’s practiced in the name of religion, I often feel like I really don’t care if they are hymns or choruses or songs – for all I care at such times, they might as well be dirges.

Sometimes, even in my own congregation, as I observe our apparent attentiveness to religious sermons and admonitions, our faithfulness in paying our dues to our ecclesiastical establishments, and then witness the disparity between profession and practice, I cannot help but wonder at the true value of our religion. Sometimes, it feels as though the entire religious community is simply blind; as if a diabolic shroud veils the truth from our hearts.

Crosses, candles, olive oils, rosaries, holy water, hoods, vests, suits, ties, the entire situation is mind-boggling…religious relics! Very religious indeed, this society!

Look at the statistics. The numbers are benumbing. Could this massive response to religion be a disguise for mass hysteria – reflection of the inner emptiness of this generation, a confused society searching for answers?

As I observe the religious landscape, both as a leader and a follower, I begin to wonder at the real substance of the multitudes of this world’s religious adherents. Some people tell me that they have twenty thousand members…others say they have fifty thousand; and I think, “Fifty thousand what, for God’s sake!?” Are we humans or beasts, faithfuls or renegades, saints or sinners?

What’s the true worth of our religion? Is it merely composed of rituals, incantations, dogmas, superstitions,and hollow doctrinal arguments? What about truth? What of love? What of honesty? What of selflessness? Seems to me like very few now call for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. We appear to rely more on empty arguments and speak lies; we conceive trouble and give birth to evil – all in the name of religion.

The ancient Prophet Isaiah was right in lamenting that truth has stumbled in the streets. In our day he is being slaughtered in his own house, among his professed adherents. Truth, justice, righteousness, and honesty, all lie maimed, butchered, and bleeding. His blood fills the Churches, the Mosques, the Shrines, and is spilling over into the streets, covering everywhere! And I keep asking, what is the true worth of our religion?

At the end of the day, we seem more capable of creating religious uniformities, than in manifesting true spiritual realities.

Discover yourself…

I have always been associated with religion, one way or another, and I guess I’ll always be. And this is not just because of my present vocation as a Christian Pastor. I grew up in a very religious environment – traditionaly brought up as a Pentecostal Christian. I was brought up to believe that we had a corner on the truth, 🙂 and that every other person was wrong, somehow. Well, even as a kid, I couldn’t swallow that…

We cherished our little biblical arguments here and there to underscore our ‘spiritual superiority’. I was taught to fear and resent people of other Christian denominations, and religions, as evil, and anti-christs; to run from them if I couldn’t outrightly oppose or ‘convert’ them. For instance, before I even became a teenager, I was taught that the Catholic Church was a satanic cult and that the Pope was the anti-christ 🙁 Yet I found out that, try as much as I could, even as a little boy, I couldn’t accept these things – the religious uniformities that surrounded me couldn’t contain me. I often felt guilty over my inability to swallow the doctrinal venom that was being forced down my tender throat by religious enthusiasts. It was practically impossible for me to fit into the mold.

Ironically, though we were Pentecostals, my parents sent me to an Anglican Junior Seminary for my secondary education. The result was that I discovered my preference for the more methodological form of worship over the free-styled Pentecostal form I was brought up with. By my 2nd year in the University, however, I had gotten tired of all the hollow and superficial religious arguments, the segregations, and the discriminations. I was thirsty for reality and so I decided to empty myself of everything I’d been taught so far and to make my own independent investigations.

The result was self discovery and total freedom!

I discovered the freedom to learn and to grow; the freedom to share freely with others of different perspectives without feeling the need to convince or persuade them to my point of view. In fact, I found out how to enrich my own perspectives by learning from those that appeared to differ radically from me. It was a very empowering experience – to be able to transcend all religious uniformities.

“I am a student…I’m still leaning”

As a Christian Pastor, I protect this freedom today by reminding myself daily that I know and understand very little of the mysteries of life and divinity. Each time I stand before my congregation, I tell them, “I am a student…I’m still learning.” I communicate from my heart what I believe, what I understand, what I’m convinced of at any point in time. But I remind them that the moment I discover that I no longer hold that point of view, then I must change, and they must permit me to change and grow as I learn.

“Now we know so little, even with our special gifts, and the preaching of those most gifted is still so poor…It’s like this: when I was a child I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a man my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away the childish things. In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face to face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.” ~ St. Paul , I Corinthians 13: 9-12 [TLB]

One of the common mistakes preachers, and religious leaders and enthusiasts make is to assume that we know it all…that we’ve somehow attained perfection of knowledge. I’m amused these days when I see religious leaders speak and act as though we know all there is to know about the mysteries of life – when in reality, we are all as ignorant as the next fellow 🙂

I host a talk-show here at the Success Academy called ‘Perspectives’ and one of my common statements is this: “Don’t equate your personal perspective of the Scriptures, with God’s original meaning.” It the height of ignorance and arrogance to do so.
I wish every religious leader will heed this simple counsel.

Learn to cherish your own unique perspectives of spiritual realities…

Religious uniformities are borne out of our inherent fear of unique and customized individual expressions of spiritual realities and experiences. It is this weakness that prompts organized religions to persecute and destroy those whose views are not identical to their mainstream ideologies. Organized religions tend to squeeze everyone into particular molds, rejecting varieties of forms, perspectives and expressions, and ultimately creating religious uniformities that enslave multitudes.

A major consequence of this weakness is that less courageous souls are too scared to embrace forms of expression and concepts that are more suited to their individual uniqueness, for fear of being blacklisted as heretics, or evil, by the more conventional wings of their religious groups.
This problem exists within every organized religion, including the ultra modern and so-called liberal religious movements.
The result is that the greater portion of religious adherents function as mere slaves to alien ideologies foisted upon them by others. Consequently, rather than developing into their full mental and spiritual statures, the multitude of the world’s religious adherents live spiritually anemic lives as they try to digest religious phraseologies and perspectives that have little or no meaning and relevance to their lives; as they try to fit into religious uniformities.

If we had more courage and freedom to embrace our own unique perspectives of essential truths and realities, we would transcend all religious uniformities and manifest phenomenal dimensions of supernatural existence in time and space. We however live far below our capabilities because we are trying to meet someone else’s un-enlightened expectations.

This is post is not intended to attack organized religion – something I hold to be an effort at futility. Neither am I writing this piece to attack the dogmatism of organized religions. My purpose is simply this: To challenge you to cherish your own unique perspective of spiritual realities and truths, embrace them with courage, express them without fear, and yet have the humility to recognize and learn from others who might differ from you, and by so doing, transcend all religious uniformities.

This is your path to freedom and true spiritual enlightenment.

Emancipate yourself from mental and spiritual slavery

Don’t be cowed by the attempts of men to reduce you to a slave with religious tools. I often find it difficult to differentiate the disgusting bigotry and dogmatism of organized religion with tribalism…even cannibalism! 🙁 The cavalier arrogance of religious enthusiasts is so obvious as we contend with ourselves. It’s simply amusing to observe our poorly disguised attempts at justifying hatred and intolerance in the name of ‘contending for the faith.’

Hatred is evil, except in the sphere of organized religion where blacklisting others – solely because they hold differing perspectives of the same essential truth – is extolled as a virtue. A visitor to this blog recently wanted to know whether I belong to the ‘Word of Faith’ or ‘Law of Attraction’ movement. 🙂 He was attempting to brand and define me based on his religious prejudices and preferences. This is a common practice among enthusiasts of organized religion.

It’s a mark of low spiritual awareness to try to classify people in terms of Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Orthodox, WOF, Secret, LOA, Christians, Moslems, Buddhists, and so on…seems like tribalism to me…the human spirit transcends such narrow definitions.

Most of us are blind to these facts; we are inclined to believe that we are right and all others are wrong. It reminds me of that age-long ghost that Jesus battled so hard against – pharisaic righteousness. It’s other name is arrogance. In fact, the later represents its true character. Sham, hypocritical, worthless religion! Hands akimbo, faces uptilted defiantly, lips twisted in arrogant snarls, haughty eyes flashing forth like flames as we declare, “Thank God we are not like them. We are the children of Abraham, the followers of Moses.”

Someone once tried to justify his hatred, bigotry and intolerance with a religious phrase – ‘holy indignation’. I felt so sorry for him and later told him that he was smearing the face of the Most High with his indignities – indignities of hatred, pride, envy, and falsehood! I asked him, “Do you think that you can imprison God? Do you really think that you alone has access to His care, love, revelations, and wisdom?”

Whenever an attempt is made to confine God to a man, tribe, or tongue, whenever man allows his hypocrisy and nepotism to influence his perception of God, you will have a religious culture which purports to be the sole path to God. This is pure insanity, undiluted madness, and arrant paranoia!

A blanket of stupidity called religion…

Ours is a very religious generation. Yet, what is our religion worth? Is it all about edifices, religious relics, programmes and ceremonies? Is it worth just a couple of millions, or billions, or trillions of dollars? Might as well be worth a handful of dust for all that God cares. Perishable dust! Is it worth a thousand hypocrites, a few blocks of buildings, and a handful of money bags?

Yes, I can hear sweet and beautiful music.
Sweet and beautiful music indeed!
Stupidity has finally been given a beautiful garment…it is now called worship.
Religious men and women, to our chagrin and ruin, have collected a handful of rubbish from the refuse dump of ignorance, and have termed them ‘the worship of God.’ No wonder greed and crime pollutes the atmosphere with an odious stench – all in the name of religion. From the government houses to the crude village huts, no one is spared.

Is it not yet time to rise up from this abyss of putrefaction into the realms of fresh air?
How long are we going to run the risk of suffocating under this blanket of stupidity called religion?
Who knows the truth? Let such a person stand in the roundabouts and announce it. Let him or her proclaim it from the market squares and declare it from the pulpits, the housetops, the radios, the newspapers, and the television, perhaps this generation might turn around just in time to avoid a head-on collision with destruction.
It is only the truth that will deliver this age from all these veiled and camouflaged forms of idolatry; from the plague of false worship, and from this blanket of stupidity called religion.

This truth is not some sort of an exclusive prerogative of any religious elite or organized religion. It is an inner awareness of reality that you and I can have if we’ll have the humility to acknowledge our ignorance.

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Jesus Christ

Prove all things…

The motivation for religious pursuit may be genuine enough, but the search often degenerates into a mere groping in the darkness of confusion. Under this condition, religious exercises become nothing but a kaleidoscope of uncertainties, line upon line, rule upon rule, precept upon precept, a little here, and a little there, as ignorant minds try to contain divinity in narrow dogmatic concepts.

And, anytime finite minds try to define the infinite God in absolute terms and concepts, religious uniformities are born and millions are doomed to mental and spiritual slavery. This absurdity is further enhanced when people with low or absolute zero spiritual enlightenment become priests and superimpose their ignorance upon the sensibilities of the masses.

Religious uniformities -or organized religions – are based on spiritual blindness and ignorance.
It is the pathetic efforts of frail humans to project our fears and insecurities on the Almighty God.
Don’t be a victim of this fear and ignorance. It is your divine right to investigate all realities, truths, and concepts for yourself and accept only those that resonate with your authentic being.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. ~ Apostle Paul , I Thessalonians 5:21

In other words, don’t swallow any lie and bias crammed down your throat just because some other blind-folded person is scared about the unknown. You must make your own independent investigation of every so called spiritual absolutes and accept only what resonates with your own uniqueness and self awareness of reality. Don’t be intimidated when people tell you that everything must be in accordance with the ‘written word of God.’ This is because by that, they normally mean, “Our own interpretation and perspective of that Scripture…: 🙂 So don’t be fooled.

You and I are unique and so we experience reality in unique ways. Our perceptions and perspectives also vary in accordance with our divine uniqueness. Take hold of your own mind. Think for yourself – think your own thoughts. Be transformed – in other words, escape the mold of religious uniformity that stifles all variations. Yes, transcend all religious uniformities!

The evidence…

There are different kinds of food – rice, egg, bread, drugs, alcohol, etc.
How do you know which is good? Is it not by its effect on the body system?
In the same way, true religion is known by its effect on your life, your family, your society, your health, and your relationship with others.

True religion should give life…
God is life. The evidence is a righteous, just, well-ordered society. It is a healthy, prosperous and abundant existence filled with beauty, love, and a harmonious relationship among men of all races, tribe, or tongue. It manifests in a war-free, sickness-free, demon-free, and curse-free society.

Discover yourself…transcend all religious uniformities…bless your world for all time and eternity.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. ~ Jesus Christ

Never Underestimate Yourself

“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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. “
~ Maryanne Williamson

These are truly tough and challenging times. We are bombarded daily with the news of collapsing stock markets, bankrupt financial institutions, shameful fraudulent schemes by trusted business leaders, and gloomy economic forecasts. The global economic environment is so turbulent that we are seeing whole fortunes that have been accumulated over decades simply wiped out in matters of hours!

A lot of people have no clue as to how to cope with these times. When you look at the mounting piles of debts, and unpaid bills, as you scan the horizon of apparent hopelessness, it’s so easy to feel helpless and give in to despair.

Yet, things are not always as bad as they appear.

Never underestimate yourself…

You may lack the technical skills, financial literacy and expertise, and the human connections needed to beat the times, yet, your lack is only an illusion, because you have access to an immense source of supernatural resources.

Never underestimate yourself or your capacity to ride the storms of the current global economic crisis. Never underestimate your capacity to survive and thrive in spite of all odds and adversities. You are not as weak and as helpless as your conscious faculties indicate. You have strength far beyond your capacity to imagine or fathom. I want to introduce you to that strength that lies within, and show you, in very simple and practical terms, how to harness that strength for effortless abundance.

“…For when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength)”
~ 2 Corinthians 12:10 Amp

A certain Secret Power…

Your immense capacity to thrive in spite of the difficulties of life is linked to a certain Secret Power behind the scenes of your immediate consciousness. This Secret Power is much more than a strong force – He is, in fact, a Supernatural Being; He is the Father of all spirits and the Creator of the Universe. He is the Almighty God!

No matter what weaknesses you think you may have, no matter what inadequacies or setbacks you’ve encountered, and regardless of whatever disadvantages you may have, the abilities of the infinite God are available to you!

God wants to give you His divine strength.

This secret and supernatural power behind the scenes of your immediate consciousness is able and willing to make up the difference and bring you into unimaginable dimensions of personal success. It is because of the presence of this Almighty Supernatural God within you, that I encourage you to never underestimate yourself.

The story of the multiplied footsteps…

I have often been inspired by a story from the Old Testament where God simply multiplied the sound of four men’s footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army. When their enemies heard them, they took off running. There were thousands of enemy troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking they were being attacked by a massive army when in fact it was just four people! What happened? God made up the difference.

Read an excerpt from that story: 2 Kings 7:3-8


Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? If we say, “We’ll go into the city’ – the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we life; if they kill us, then we die.”
At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, not a man was there, for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” so they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.”
The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp and entered one of the tents. They ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.”

 

I want you to observe the specific weaknesses of the four men in this story:

  • They were despised outcasts
  • They were physically weak with leprosy
  • They were just four in number.

Yet they took the spoils of the mighty!

How?
Because God multiplied the sound of their footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army. When their enemies heard them, they took off running. There were thousands of enemy troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking they were being attacked by a massive army when in fact it was just four people! What happened? God made up the difference.

Never underestimate yourself…

Friend, God will make you seem bigger than you really are. Do not allow your weaknesses to discourage you from expecting and pursuing God’s will for your life. He will make you look more powerful, more educated, and wealthier than you really are so that you will create panic in the camp of your enemies and take the spoils of the mighty.

God knows how to multiply your influence, strength, talent, and income. You don’t have to figure it all out; all you have to do is put your trust in Him, and act in faith.

I like something that a friend of mine wrote to me recently, “Pastor Favour, I’ve come to a state in my life where I expect daily miracles without bothering myself with the ‘how?'” I love that!

Riches…

What does this term signify to you?
What thoughts and pictures are evoked in your mind whenever the word ‘riches’ is mentioned?

When I asked this question to my audience during a recent session of the Success Academy here in Nigeria, I got several responses…

…wealth, health, estate and money, opportunities for personal advancement, prosperity, abundant supply, enough resources to fulfill one’s dreams…

The answers were quite varied, and that’s ok, because the term ‘riches’ is multi-dimensional and represents different things to different people. My personal list would include time, energy, talent, friends, information, and several spiritual qualities.

Regardless of our perspectives of the term riches, I believe that you and I share a common desire, that is, to enjoy riches in all of its dimensions and ramifications in this present life and the one to come. We also desire to see our present riches increase satisfactorily.

I wrote this post to show you some key principles that you would need to internalize in your consciousness in order to enjoy a rich life, and also experience increase in whatever riches you already possess.

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Put Your Foot Down!

It’s time to begin to put your foot down in the word of God.
God’s word is full of promises, for instance, God says:

“With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” ~ Psalm 91:16

In the above scripture verse, we see the promise of long life!
God has promised to bless you with a long and satisfactory life. In other words, He wants you to enjoy a life that is not just long, but also fulfilling! It’s a promise.
But are you going to experience it?

If you want to enjoy the blessings and promises of God as He has given in His word, you must learn to put your foot down in the Word of God. That is to say, insist on, or be firm in demanding the fulfillment of the promises of God in your life. That’s what God meant during His leadership orientation course for Joshua prior to his assumption of office as the new leader of Israel.

“I will give you every place where you set your foot…” ~ Joshua 1:3

This is also the core of my teaching in this video clip where I challenge you not to stagger in your faith!
Watch this.

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You need to put your foot down in God’s promises and say, “I’m not going to give in to defeat…” This is the attitude of champions and when you cultivate this bold and positive attitude, the storms of life lose their capacity to take you down, rather they take you to new heights!

Regardless of what’s going on right now in your life, please, understand that you are more than a conqueror.
Even when it seems like there’s a delay, don’t succumb to the frustrations of the delay because you are more than a conqueror – yes, you are a champion.

Never use any immediate negative facts of your life to evaluate yourself, and don’t compare yourself with other people. You are unique, you are special, and you are peculiar.

Friend, everybody else can look down on you, but the worst thing you can do is to look down on yourself.
Never let other people’s opinions of you shape your expectations and realities. They can go ahead and think what they want, and say what they want about you…that’s their privilege. But it’s also your privilege, and your right, to think what you want for yourself!

People might say you are barren like Abraham….
But if you don’t stagger in faith…you’ll give birth to many nations!!!

If you want to enjoy the blessings and promises of God as He has given in His word, you must learn to put your foot down in the Word of God. That is to say, insist on, or be firm in demanding the fulfillment of the promises of God in your life.

Listen to your heart…

“I listened to my heart…”

During our family morning devotion today, Sharon, my wife, shared an experience from our daughter Marvelous. Marvelous had forgotten where she’d kept her maths workbook which she now needed desperately for a school assignment. She searched frantically for it to no avail. After a while, though, she found it to the surprise and delight of everyone. When Sharon asked her how she did it, she replied, “I listened to my heart and heard a voice say to me, ‘go and check behind the bookshelf.’ So I went and there it was!”

I was delighted and deeply inspired by our daughters experience because I’d also had a similar experience several years ago – 22 years ago, to be precise. At that time, I was just 13 and still in junior secondary school. My dad had give me a certain document to keep in safety; something related to my school registration. At the time that this document was needed, I had absolutely no inkling of where it was. 🙁
I searched frantically throughout the house in all the places I thought I might have kept it, all to no avail. I was frustrated and began to cry. I knew that the piece of paper was there somewhere in the house. The fact of my forgetfulness was so frustrating.

At the height of my frustration and desperation, my dad, who by the way needed the document, came to me and said, “I know this document is in this house somewhere because you are a very careful boy. Now we will pray and ask God to show you where you kept it. After the prayers, listen to your heart, you will know where it is.” He prayed a very simple prayer and asked the Holy Spirit to reveal the location of that document to me. After praying he looked at me and said, “Don’t search anymore. Go to a quiet corner of the house and listen to your heart. You will know where the paper is. ” And with that he walked away.

I obeyed his counsel.
I sat still at a corner of the house and listened to my heart.
The result was shocking… I suddenly knew where the paper was!
I moved straight to that spot (under a bag on top of the wardrobe in my room) and there it was!

I ran to my dad screaming, “I’ve found it!” He was smiling knowingly as he reached out and took the paper. “Whenever you find yourself in a situation like this at any other time from now on,” he said, “remember to be still and to listen to your heart. You will always find the solution.”

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The Power and Purpose of Speech

Here’s video clip of a sermon I preached recently in Church on ‘Speaking to your mountains.’

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The ability to speak, I’ve always said , was not given to us to communicate with God…for the simple reason that God can read our hearts.
Before you come to say something to God, He already knows what you are thinking. In fact, God knows your thoughts before they form in your mind!
Before you even become aware of your thoughts to think them, God already knows them.

So he doesn’t need what you say to understand you

But there is a major reason God gave us the power to speak:
Just observe how God uses His words – He uses His words primarily to create!

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The Creative Power of Your Words

Watch this video!
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Do you know that your future is like a blank cheque handed over to you?
It becomes whatever you write on it.
And the pen with which you write your future is called ‘words’.
Yes, with your words you can bless or curse your future.

Your experiences in life are not imposed on you, they are chosen by you.
A lot actually depends on what you say with your mouth.

Did you know that with your mouth you can either bless or curse your future? Your life moves in the direction of your most dominant and persistent words. Your life will rise or fall to the level of your words.

Your words have creative power.
If you want to know what your life is going to be in the next five or ten years from now, just listen to what you are saying about yourself today.

Learn to determine the course of your life by your words.
Learn to alter your realities by speaking transforming words.

Develop the culture of speaking what you want to happen to you. Then, when you speak, believe your words..

Designed to reign in life

How are you feeling today about yourself?
We all have days and moments when we don’t feel too well, particularly when things are not working as well as we would have liked.
Could this be one of those days?
Could now be one of those moments?

I’d like to remind you that you can alter your feelings by your focus.
It is important that you discover yourself and understand your design.
Focus on your true essence.

You are made in the image of God.
In other words, you are an offspring, an extension, and an expression of divinity on the earth. There is a higher life pulsating within you.
That life is the life of God!
It is a life of victory.
It is a life of abundance and prosperity.
It is a life of honor and dignity.

When you discover yourself and understand your design, you’ll enter into the awareness that you are not a weak and worthless person.
You are a divine being and so you are the master, ruler, and king over your circumstances. You are designed to reign in life.

If you are made in the image of God, you have the divine royal blood flowing through your veins.
You were not designed to be subject to the seasons and shifts in your natural environment. You were not designed to be overcome by the harsh economic storms of these times. You were rather designed to reign in life.

Think about the image of God within you – because transformation occurs through focus.
The image of God within you is symbolic of the higher nature and powers within you.
You were designed to reign in life – to be in a position of power, authority, dominion, and influence over the various circumstances of your life.

So accept who you are and stay focused on it.
Then lift up your head, square up your shoulders, and walk, talk, think, dress, and smile like royalty!

There’s royalty in your blood.
You have the life of a champion.
And, yes, you were designed to reign in life.

Efforts vs Results

Would a university professor award distinction to a student simply because the student spent the entire night prior to the exams reading?

Of course not!

Rewards are given based on expected and desired results, not on mere efforts.

Recently, my wife spoke up in defense of a member of our ministry assigned to a specific project, “Everyone in this ministry knows that he is putting in tremendous efforts,” she said.
Amused, I replied, “You might as well expect a university professor to award distinction to a student simply because the student spent the entire night prior to the exams reading!”success 2

The point is clear: the universe – life- will reward you for your results, not for your efforts.
Good intentions are good; hardwork is also good. However, without desirable results, neither your good intentions, nor hardwork will fetch you any substantial rewards in life.

It is also interesting to note that good results do not yield to mere efforts and intentions. Good results respond to actions and efforts that stem from wisdom and good understanding. This is why all self-improvement and personal leadership gurus counsel smartwork, rather than mere hardwork.

If you want life’s best, it is imperative that you cultivate the mental acuity to weigh your efforts in terms of expected results. Constantly examine your efforts to gauge if they are producing the desired results – assuming you know what those results are. Shift from the paradigm of efforts to that of results.

In specific terms, what results do you expect to see in the following areas within the next 6 months?

  • Your finances
  • Your relationships with your spouse, children, colleagues, staff, and so on
  • Your career and business
  • Spiritual journey and development
  • Mental development
  • Health and physical fitness

Now, reflect over the next comment adapted from the famous Pareto principle:

Less than 20% of your efforts produce more than 80% of your results.Liberal soul

In the light of the above statement, what 20% of your efforts are responsible for over 80% of your results? In other words, which of your actions generate the greatest results for you?

You should zero in and concentrate on the efforts that yield the greatest results.

Disgraced Billionaire

“Disgraced Billionaire”

So reads the CNN Today news headline reporting on the fraudulent activities of Allen Stanford, a Texas billionaire now accused of swindling investors of over 9 billion dollars.

Listening to this report from my hotel room here in PortHarcourt city, Nigeria, two thoughts flashed through my mind.

First of all, when will people stop placing their trust blindly on someone just because he or she popped up with the label ‘expert’ on their profile? Isn’t it time for individuals to take more responsibilities over what they do with their lives and resources? You have been equipped with a mind that can think, remember, analyze, reflect, and so on. Develop your mind and take full personal responsibility over your own life and resources.

Secondly, I once watched a CNN advertisement of the Stanford Financial Group. Now that ad was a superb testimony to the Stanford Financial Group’s ‘expert’, ‘highly skilled’, and ‘professional capacity’ to manage your money and investments. Shouldn’t media organizations take some responsibilities too for giving such publicity to fraudulent groups? When a trusted media house puts an organization with questionable practices up on such a highly visible pedestal, isn’t that some form of endorsement in the minds of less scrupulous watchers? It’s so easy to report on these scandals after they’ve occurred, yet these media institutions should also feel ashamed for their own parts in failing to conduct some background investigations into the activities of organizations before allowing their ads to air on their networks.

It all comes back to the question of personal responsibility, anyway.
Before you commit yourself and resources to anyone, or organization, it is your personal responsibility to ensure that they deserve such trust. It is important that you develop your mind and take full personal responsibility over your own life and resources.

Do you think that media houses should share the blame for the scandals of ‘reputable’ financial institutions that they promoted through ads on their networks?

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The tree symbolism

“A mighty tree has fallen” is a common strain in African culture used to describe the death of a great man. In traditional African symbolism, a tree usually represents a human being. In Africa, we take night dreams very seriously. Normally, when a person has a dream in the night in which he or she sees a tree, the dream interpreter would basically associate that tree with a human being – usually an ancestor.

Consequently, it’s easy for me as an African to relate with the consistent identification of human beings with trees in biblical language. Again and again, human beings are likened to trees in the holy scriptures. An understanding of this likeness is critical if you must discover yourself and your personal brand.

Jesus regularly employed the tree symbolism in his teachings. Take the following for instance:

~ “…a tree is recognized by its fruit.” ~ Matthew 12:33

In other words, a tree is known, judged, and identified by it’s fruit.
And what is the fruit of a tree?
As we’ll soon learn, it is that tree’s most significant, and unique contribution to creation.
In the end, you’ll discover that your personal brand is defined by your most distinguishing contribution to the mystery of life.

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