The 3 Powerful Tools For A Successful Life

“You can work for success but ONLY God can make you prosper”.

 Read Joshua 1:5-9 The Message

Overview: Joshua a servant of Moses was thrust into the position of leadership after the death of his master, Moses. He did not know what to do, as the task was enormous and as we all do sometimes (probably at all times) developed cold feet, got very scared because he felt inadequate, comparing himself to Moses. So he went on and cried out to God, but in this place of crossroad- in the valley of decisions, God showed up and proffered a solution.

GOD OFFERED JOSHUA 3 POWERFUL TOOLS FOR SUCCESS


Tool Number 1:

 “No one will be able to oppose you for as long as you live. I will be with you just as I was with Moses, and I will never fail or abandon you.”

Joshua 1:5

God heard Joshua’s cry and offered him His presence. Why? because God’s presence guarantees Joshua’s success, His presence guarantees your success too!

Romans 8 says “If God is for you, who can be against you?”

Exactly!

God’s presence is everything you need to prosper in anything you find yourselves doing on earth. Ask for His presence daily, just like David did in Psalm 27:4a “…one thing I seek the most is to live in the presence of the Lord all the days of my life”

He has promised His presence to always be with you; to counsel and advise, to guide and direct, to protect and defend you. No man or principalities can prevail over you.

He is assuring you of His faithfulness to always be with you. You are not alone!


Tool Number 2:

” Let the words from the book of the law be always on your lips.Meditate on them day and night so that you may be careful to live by all that is written in it.If you do, as you make your way through this world, you will prosper and always find success.”

Joshua 1:8

The level of your commitment to God’s Word will determine how far you go. Not just knowing the Word of God but going a step further – meditating and doing it.

Relationship Not Religious acts

Corrie Ten Boom said “Don’t worry about what you do not understand of the Bible. Worry about what you do understand and do not live by.”

God knows you cannot do this alone that is why He is asking you to walk with Him daily – every day (not once a week) then you will prosper in all your ways.

Don’t try to negotiate with what and when to obey Him, always enter into the fullness of His presence, let His Word delight in you.

This old hymn comes to mind; Just a closer walk with thee by PATSY CLINE

I am weak but Thou art strong
Jesus keep me from all wrong
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee
Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be

Tool Number 3:

“This is My command: be strong and courageous.Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Be Godfidence!

Even though the assignment/ task might look big, risky or even dangerous at times, TRUST God and depend on Him, He is ALWAYS faithful!

When God told us to be Courageous

COURAGE does not mean the absence of FEAR but releasing yourself with your arms stretched out in surrender and submission.

Be confident in Him even though you think the task is impossible, even though you cannot see success or a glimpse of a breakthrough but you are able to stand firm and trust that He is with you. Now that’s the confidence, the courage He is talking about.

That’s the type of CRAZY Faith He loves!

Faith like a mustard seed but yet mighty to believe.

Learn from Esther, Esther 4:1 “…And if I perish, I perish”

Now that’s COURAGE and STRENGTH!

True Success comes from GOD.


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Plan Your Ideal 2019

Write down this vision.
Write it clearly on tablets, so that anyone who reads it may run. 

For the vision points ahead to a time I have appointed; it testifies regarding the end, and it will not lie.
Even if there is a delay, wait for it.
It is coming and will come without delay.

HABAKKUK 2:2-3 The Voice

During the last week of December, I took some few days to reflect on how the year went; In 2018 I didn’t achieve some of my goals. And for the first time, I do not regret anything instead I am encouraged to sling my shot better and focus on my aim. I am determined to press on towards the goal.

This year, I plan on pressing on towards achieving these goals and more, knowing that delay is never a denial. However, as I reflect back on how last year went I realised maybe I could have been clearer and time specific with some of my goals; by making daily/ weekly/monthly progress evaluation on them.

I generally set goals for every area in my life I want to improve and plan my year accordingly. Through the years, I have realized that writing new year plans can be quite daunting as it forces one to deal with some of the “not so great parts” of the year. However, it can also encourage you to do better in the coming year. And in fact, it forces you to select something specific and visualise your goals. The truth is you become better at achieving your goals.

This year I plan on living out God’s best for my life and to become all that He had intended and destined me to be. I will align myself with God’s will for my life. This is not the year to mess about.

And to do this I have to do things differently.
Albert Einstein once stated

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

So in 2019, I have decided to level up! It would require discipline, prioritisation and commitment to make these goals happen but I am ready to put in the WORK!

Proverbs 16:3 says

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.”

Planning your ideal 2019 will require you to…

  1. Reflect and Renew constantly. It’s all about your mindset baby!
  2. Retain habits/things that are working for you already.
  3. Remove; what are things you need to let go of this year?
  4. Resolve; what is missing or lacking in your life? Then make your resolutions.
  5. Respond – Close the gap between the end result you want and where you are now with a plan. Make sure your plan is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely)
  6. Review and Report – Find someone you are accountable to. Remember Proverbs 15:22!
  7. Be Responsible for your actions

One thing that is constant about life is that change is inevitable.

If you haven’t yet written your plans yet then what are you waiting for? The right moment? It will never come.

Instead, just DO IT! It doesn’t have to be perfect. Follow the steps above and you are good to go.

Do not procrastinate!

Educate yourself – Use resources, look for books out there that talk about your vision. Listen to podcasts, attend seminars or webinars. As for me, I want to own my business in 5 yrs so, I have purchased some books to help me become a manager, and be the best at it! Go to my READS FOR 2019.

Visualise your plans. Vision boards are great tools. Start by gathering words and images that represent your true purpose. Spend some time creating your ideas on the board. Post affirmations, quotes and inspirational words on it. Keep it neat – stay away from clutter. Simplicity is bliss! You can buy boards from Amazon and ideas from Pinterest or Google.

Prayer is the key!

By being persistent in prayer and spending some intentional time in the Word of God will help you achieve all that God has spoken over your life. In Jesus name, Amen!


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Love always,

WORD FOR 2019 – BECOMING

Happy New Year!
I’m so grateful for what God did last year – It was indeed a year of Freedom for me and my family.

WELCOME TO 2019

Back in December while I was asking God for a word for 2019, the Holy Spirit said BECOMING.

At first, I thought it was just me assuming or maybe because the new book from Michelle Obama inspired the word becoming or could it be that it’s the new word in right now. I was reluctant, so I leaned in closer to God for confirmation.

God confirmed this over the past few weeks as I had conversations with my friends and loved ones over the festive period which all pointed back to what God has been tiring up in my heart.

I remember a conversation I had with a good friend/sister of mine. She asked me what the word for 2019 is, so I told her that I believe God is telling me – “2019 is a year of fulfilment of everything He has written over my life when He first made me even before I was formed in my mama’s womb. God is telling me; every season I have ever gone through has been building up for this time, this new age! This is a year of becoming “the me” God has destined and purposed me to become.

This is the year for my POTENTIALS to become PURPOSE and for my PLANS to become ACTIONS!

This is the year I become LESS of ME and MORE like CHRIST

This is the year I become ROOTED in my faith and God will do miraculous things in my life. The year I become a TESTIMONY that points everyone to Christ and God’s GLORY.

This is the year I become older and full of God’s WISDOM and REVELATIONS. This is the year I become the big 30 years on this planet earth!

This is the year I become CHANNELS of BLESSINGS!

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation (NLT)

…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28 New Living Translation (NLT)

What do you want to become in 2019?

by being persistent in prayer and fasting you will become all that God has spoken over your life. In Jesus name, Amen!

Please share your thoughts on any social media platforms with hashtag

#BECOMING19 or #BECOMING2019

Love Always,

(Founder)

HOW TO FINISH 2018 STRONG & START 2019 FLYING

Maybe you are like me wondering where the year has gone. And you are currently reflecting back on the success and as well as the mistakes(failures) of this year. Maybe you are yet to complete the plans you had for 2018; that course you started, the business you plan to start or maybe you are yet to finish reading the book you started and the list goes on…

You’ve been thinking…

I’m not going to make it. It’s too hard. It’s too much work. This is just too hard. There is so much left to do in such a short time. 

A lot of people would just walk away. But if God is speaking to you — if you’re hearing that still, small voice telling you, “You are not a quitter. You’re a finisher!” — then put your blinders on. It is not over yet!

This is not the time to start feeling anxious, overwhelmed due to mistakes and bad choices you have made during the year. No matter what you have left to achieve this 2018, you can achieve it in 2019. Don’t beat yourself up! As long as you have life, NOTHING is impossible with God on your side.

Don’t. Give. Up. 

Listen to what God is telling you to do. He is calling you today to go back to the drawing board. Check in on your goals. Revisit those areas of failures and re-evaluate. Don’t wait until January 1, 2019 to start planning, START NOW!
You need to have a renewed mindset before the end of this year to be able to start 2019 much STRONGER. And where better place to start?

Below, I have listed some tips to help you as we prepare for 2019. These steps are drawn from examples in the Bible which aim to get you to start thinking differently now as we approach the end of 2018. Finishing the year with a different mindset is, in fact, finishing strong. 


FINISH 2018 WITH THESE 4 POWERFUL  TIPS

1. PLAN NOW!

Count The Cost

“Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.” 

Ravi Zacharias

Starting something new is always exciting. Even though we may initially have fears, I think, in general, we all look forward to a new thing. Often, I’ve ventured out into new phases of my life. I can still remember my first day of elementary school. It was scary but exciting, simultaneously. Every idea for a new project, venture, or journey breeds deep excitement in our souls. In life we all love to start, be it dating, marriage, joining the workforce, college, the gym, business, a ministry, a creative project, or a family. Whatever it may be, we all look forward to the beginning of something new because it always sounds and feels magical in our minds. We get a feeling of euphoria which we hope will never disappear. Starting is infused with positives only, and our thoughts may roam the expanse of possibilities, and the results always end well in our minds. Starting is terrific, but there is something more powerful than starting. It is finishing. 

Jesus, in one of His teachings, addressed starting and finishing. While He was speaking on following, He used natural examples to reiterate His point – in Luke 14:28 – 37
Life is full of many great starters, but unfortunately, the numbers dwindle with finishers. When we stop for a moment and look at the world today, globally, or even in our communities, we can see the effects of the starters that never finished. 

Jesus urged us to count the cost before we start because He knew the giddy feelings we would encounter once we have ideas that sound great to us. He knew we could get so caught up in starting and forget the cost involved to finish our assignments. I have seen and experienced so many heartbreaks and disappointments, so many tears and sleepless nights, all because I didn’t count the cost.  I didn’t consider the whole picture,  creating my own failure. God works differently from our world system. 

The Word tells us, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”
(Ephesians 1: 4-5 NIV)

God knows the end from the beginning Isaiah 46:10, God counts the cost to the end, and then he started creation. So too, we must count the cost before we start anything, and calculate a strong finish even before we begin. 

2. DON’T PROCRASTINATE.

Be Committed To Achieving Your Goals like Jesus

“Do not be lazy. Run each day’s race with all your might, so that at the end you will receive the victory wreath from God. Keep on running even when you have had a fall. The victory wreath is won by him who does not stay down, but always gets up again, grasps the banner of faith and keeps on running in the assurance that Jesus is Victor.” 

Basilea Schlink

Jesus’ whole assignment on earth was to finish the work His Father sent Him to do, and He counted the cost before he took His first step in time. Jesus moved and operated with the end in mind. Every step, every word, every prayer, every miracle, every sermon was done with great resolve to finish. Jesus was motivated to finish because His sole purpose was to do the will of His Father. It was the Father’s heart to save us, to have us draw near to Him without the issues of sin, judgment, and condemnation. 

Jesus’ ability to finish His assignment on earth would not only save us, but serve as proof to all humanity that God was real, and sent Jesus to save us. When we desire above all else to do the Father’s will, we will be fueled to finish what we start, and in finishing strong we bear witness to others that God is real. When things get hard but you keep smiling, keep trying with joy and peace, people around you will stop and take notice. They will give credit to God because of the fruit of your staying the course. 

Jesus gained physical, emotional and mental strength to run his race to the finish because he kept his eye on the prize. Perhaps today you are caught in the web of having had a great start, but now the trials, obstacles, hardships, and torment is causing you to want to quit and walk away. I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize and the end product. Keep your eyes on Jesus because He, along with the saints that have gone on ahead, is cheering you on. It might be dark, it might be lonely, but know that you are not alone. Keep your eyes on Jesus, remember how He finished, and know that you can finish also! 

3. BE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST.

Learn from Apostle Paul 

“Follow boldly in your Master’s steps, for He has made this rough journey before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest than false peace and everlasting torment.” 

Alistair Begg

The Apostle Paul was a tremendous visionary, full of passion, and pursued his vision no matter the cost. He didn’t begin on the right track in his pursuit of souls. He was a Jew born to the tribe of Benjamin, and he was very educated in the Law of Moses. He was full of zeal for defending the law he held in high esteem. Therefore, he passionately pursued anyone that would seek to go against this law. He was notorious for persecuting the followers of Jesus because the gospel of Jesus Christ went against the spirit of religion. He was a unique person from the start.

One day, Paul was on a mission to bring to prison all who would dare to follow Jesus Christ. While on the way, he had an encounter with God, face-to-face that changed his course forever. In reality, what happened was mind-boggling, and one could only reason it was God who brought about this sudden change. Paul went from one side of the spectrum to the opposite side; he would now become the persecuted rather than the persecutor – (Acts 9 NIV).

A new path was now charted for Paul, and he would have to count the cost of this call. He would have to decide if he would die for the cause of Christ. He knew of the opposition unleashed against the church of Christ. He was present at the stoning of an innocent follower of Jesus, named Stephen. Paul was no stranger to the torment, pain, and persecution that awaited those who would dare associate with Jesus and his teachings. Nevertheless, Paul counted the cost and set out to start a new race–one that would change the course of the Gentile world. Even though Paul was a Jew, he had a more significant impact on the Gentile nations, and he traveled extensively planting churches and feeding the body of Christ with wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Today, two-thirds of the New Testament is written by the Apostle Paul because he counted the cost. He depended on the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction every step of the way. The Holy Spirit would reveal to him the persecutions he would face, the imprisonments, the beatings, the public humiliation, the loneliness, and even his death. With all that he faced, he kept Jesus before him, and the will of the Father to make disciples of all men.

Paul could have chosen the life of the persecutor to gain status, position, and wealth, but would have spent his eternity in torment. After counting the cost, he chose not to gamble away eternity and headed to the starting line of the call that would cost him everything. I want to encourage you today to meditate on the life of Paul and weigh the choices before you. Count the cost on both ends of the spectrum and see God move in and infuse you with strength as you chose his will!

4. BE GENUINE 

“If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?”

Nick Vujicic

The wisest king that lived, other than Jesus, said, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV.

When we ponder this thought, there is so much depth that lies within. Today, when we look around, it seems like every month there is a new line of clothing, bags, shoes, new miracle-working pills, slimming equipment, or countless cheap do-it-yourself gadgets. The infomercials and commercials are endless. But after a few months, we lose interest only to find something new is on the market. When we look at the designer labels we know they get their title not only from their price but because they have been around for years. They have worked hard and long to create a brand that can be trusted. Their products are long-lasting and reliable. After many products have come and gone, these designers stand the test of time, proving them to be genuine. So too, it is with believers. When we stay the course, keep our eyes on Jesus and count the cost, then our lives declare to the world that the Jesus we serve is real. 

A test of time, trials, persecutions, delays, and obstacles are all considered “time in the furnace”, but it is always necessary to show value and the genuineness. As we read through the pages of the Bible repeatedly, all the men went through great testing, trials, and persecution. Through it all, they have finished strong because they counted the cost, kept their eyes on their God, and still today the nation of Israel stands to prove to the world they are the nation separated unto God. 

The Apostle Paul urged us to get rid of the heavy weight of sin or impurities that have only the ability to weigh us down in Hebrews 12:1 – 2  He also encouraged us not to get tired in the journey but to keep doing good because the reward that awaits us is greater than the troubles we face in the present. Jesus received the reward of the souls he died for.  The Apostle Paul received Jesus as his prize and added more souls to the kingdom of God. Today you can also receive Jesus, His strength, His grace, His mercy, His anointing, His wisdom, and His endurance to finish stronger in 2019!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

So, I’ve been studying the great book of Jonah these last couple of weeks. Can I just say this, Our God is just crazy amazing!

I think everyone including me has heard of this story as a child at their church’s Sunday school or someone had referred to it some way or the other. And like you I was fascinated by it!

Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever studied this book as deeper nor understood it better until now.
It amazes me how Jonah can experience the fullness of God’s Mercy himself even when his mission was to send the message of Grace to the Ninevites!

Jonah is quite a Character! And so relatable…
He reminds me of me really!
Let’s go on this great journey with Jonah, shall we?

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