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,

Desperation Has A Sound

Have you ever been desperate for something in your life before?
Yes?
Then you can imagine what was going on in the head of the blind Bartimaeus… when people tried to drown his voice; scolding him to shut up, to be quiet but instead of giving up as the storm rages, the nearer Jesus got to him, the louder he became.
He shouted even more loudly, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!.”
Why?
Because desperate people do desperate things.
Are you desperate too?
Are you desperate for a miracle? for a breakthrough? for a better relationship with God? desperate for a revival? desperate for a new job? for an open door? desperate for healing? Desperate for direction? for a new vision?
 I want you to cry out louder than ever before, louder than this blind man.
Become louder than ever before even as the storm rages, get more louder!
Desperation has a sound!
Be louder in your worship; the power of your worship is a sound to Heaven, a desperation sound.
Be louder in your prayers till He answers you.
If you are like me, if you have a need then cry out today, Declare to Jesus! Son of David Have mercy on me!
And God’s delivery system is called FAITH.
Bartimaeus had a little bit of Faith and the man that was once blind can now see.
Desperation Has A Sound.
Your miracle awaits you.

Happy Easter Sunday

He is NOT Here

Easter Series

Matthew 28:5-6 The Message

The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as He said. Come and look at the place where He was placed.

Happy Easter Sunday to you

Jesus has conquered the grave,

He is not here! He is risen from the dead.

Yes, Yahweh, He is alive in you and me!

He is here with us, right in this very present time.

Although He is not here in the physical body, But He has given us the Holy Spirit – He’s given us the POWER!

He is coming back soon, real soon.

Daddy, Our Father will be back!

So, as we celebrate our risen King on this glorious day,

Let us worship Him in truth and in spirit.

Stop doubting- BELIEVE!

John 20:29…“blessed are all those who never see Me and yet they still believe.”

Enjoy today as we celebrate our Messiah, let every doubts fade away!

Yours sister in Christ,

Dami xo

The Greatest Miracle Worker

The greatest miracle worker is Jesus Christ.

When He walked upon this earth, He performed 36 recorded miracles. I said recorded for He did many more.

What is a miracle? A little girl once answered this question in Sunday School. She said a miracle is something you can’t do but Jesus can.

I think in our days people have forgotten that Jesus is still a miracle worker. He can still save souls and change lives.

In Luke 11:10-13, We see in this story that on the Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity. Then He put His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.”

Please notice the word crippled that is mentioned in Luke 13:11

If you read further to verse 16 – Can you see her hindrance? It reads “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound up for eighteen years; should she not be released on the Sabbath day?”

Jesus said the woman’s hindrance was the devil who had bound her.

I pray against every spirit, every hindrances that the devil has placed in your life to be destroyed in Jesus’ name. Be set free today and forever!

According to Romans 8:15 , Jesus does not bind us but free us. So, I pray that you be free from every bondage in Jesus mighty name. Be free!

A man was out hunting and came across a large hole in the ground. Seizing a pole he thrust it into the hole. But, to his dismay, the ground under him suddenly caved in and, before he realized what had happened, he found himself in a den of hissing, squirming, biting snakes. He was unable to extricate himself from these fearful creatures or to combat them. He cried piteously, and his cries brought his companions. They threw him a rope and he clung to it while they pulled him out, but he was badly bitten.

I wonder today how many people the devil has fooled and in doing so has bound them in shackles?

We should be careful how we tamper with sin and play around the devil’s dens.

The Devil has many devices in his den to attract us and get us into bondage but I pray that we will continue to abide in the presence of our Almighty Father.

Jesus is still in the miracle business. I believe it and I know it is true. Just like He did for the crippled woman, Jesus wants to do the same for you.

His word for you today is

“Straighten up.” If your marriage is a mess and you feel bent over from the burden, let Jesus touch you, then straighten up and praise Him.

If you are addicted to something, anything, Satan has you bound, let Jesus touch you, then, straighten up and Praise Him.

Guys, you can’t be touched by Jesus and stay the same. Let Him touch you and deliver you today.

 A song comes to mind… My miracles has started, my miracles has started…

Sing it or say it like you believe it.

And please do not forget to share your testimonies, why? Because we overcome by the word of our testimonies. Furthermore, it encourages others.

I’ve tagged this Month as #MiracleMarch

Miracles From Heavens

God Bless you!

Love Dami xo

what about Mercy?

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will ALWAYS harvest what you plant.

– Galatians 6:7 NLT

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

– Galatians 6:7 NIV

Guys, can I be real with you all?

This is actually a scary verse for me!

As I read Galatians six verse seven, fear rushed down my spine, I read further on to verse eight which says…Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

I began to tremble, what chance have I got God?

 …what if I ask for forgiveness?

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Yes, Our God is MERCIFUL and FORGIVING BUT He is also a God of JUSTICE.

He is a JUST God! Psalm 25:8

Let me give you an example of a great man of God in the Bible who experienced God’s Justice, FULLY.

KING DAVID

Yes, the man after God’s own VERY heart! I seriously love this man and so does God.

Psalm 119:120: “I tremble in fear of You God

Do you want to know why David uttered those words?

Read on friends…

Do you know the story of David, Bathsheba and Uriah? CLICK HERE to read.

 To Summarise that chapter, David slept with Uriah’s wife-Bathsheba but not only did he committed adultery but also murdered this innocent man (Uriah). God was annoyed! He could not believe David can do such things after He gave him Saul’s house, wives, kingdoms of Israel and Judah. After He anointed him as a King!

 David killed a man fighting for God’s glory – and even worse, Uriah died from the sword of their enemies – the ammonites.

Sigh!

In Chapter twelve: God of Justice told David he is not so smart. He can’t get away with what he has done, he has to reap what he had sown. So God sent Nathan the prophet to him revealing his deed in form of a story. Read from verse one, please try to stop at four: CLICK HERE  there is something I want to show you in verse five.

This is where it gets interesting…

After Nathan finished telling David the story, He replied with this statement in verse five…“As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!”

Haha! David was judging himself and he did not even know it. What a pity! LOL!

All jokes apart, I’m amazed how he did not think the story was about himself before he uttered that statement! but I also believe God wanted him to judge himself  in his humanness how unfair his actions was- David despised God by taking Uriah’s wife to be his own and killing Uriah.

Guys, Read on from verse seven to twelve, see how our God of justice moves, boy!

If you haven’t read it yet, here is what verse eleven to twelve said...Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your own very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in the public view. You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

*Deep sigh*

 David realised there is no hiding  from this. “Oh boy, God is not happy, seriously I have messed up big time!”

So, he confessed his guilt “I have sinned against the Lord” but see God being so merciful in spite of what David did,  He forgave David. He told him he won’t die for this sin.

 Understand that DEATH is the reward of SIN (just as David stated earlier on)

BUT

Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the Lord  by doing this, your child will die”

2 Samuel 12:14

Do you see why I am trembling now?!

Not yet?…Ok read on

God did not only stop at killing David’s son with a deadly illness but he fulfilled ALL the Words He spoke to David’s life.

In Chapter 13, see how David’s son Ammon slept with his OWN sister Tamar! (INCEST) and how David’s son Absalom killed his brother Ammon for sleeping with Tamar.

The rebellion God said in Chapter 12: 11 starts…

Absalom rebelled against his father David. In fact, David had to run out of Jerusalem – (his own palace) because his own son, his own blood wanted to kill him – A whole king running with bare foot! Please do Read chapter 15 to gain full understanding.

“Sorry I keep referring you to read these chapters, its only  because I want you to fully understand this story about David.”

This is where it gets personal, do you remember those words God said to David? This one in particular “I will give your wives to another man before your own very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in the public view. You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

Check out Chapter 16: 20-23…

In verse 22, the scripture said”So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Absalom went in and had sex with his father’s concubines.”

WOW, wow, wow, wow.

As I write this, tears fills my eyes…  if God can do this to a man He “claims” He loves, a man after His heart, what chance have I got?

The law of harvest comes to mind, it is inevitable, you can only get what you’ve poured out!

So I guess it all comes down to our CHOICES.

Life is full with choices, choices that can affect our life. Like David, his choices affected him.

God is a Just God, He is Fair in Justice. 

 I thank God for His mercy over my life,  “…Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord…” Romans 7:24

Jesus Christ is the mercy! But do NOT be deceived if you continue in your sin, you will harvest Death- HELL!

I’m not try to spook you out, it is the honest truth guys.

You might think, oh Dami, the case of David is in the old testament but Remember God is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Word never fails.

The Word of the Lord endures forever, 1 Peter 1:25.

I like what Paul said in this Galatians 6:8 “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

Oh and that verse is in the New Testament!

Let me emphasis on this again, You cannot continue with your sin and expect not to harvest death!

Cry out to God like David did, and He will save you from eternal death today.

David chose to Ask God for Mercy, you have that choice too.

Speak to Him

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With all said, I just want to conclude with this statement:

God’s justice is ALWAYS tempered by His MERCY.

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I AM IN AWE OF GOD

God bless you all.

Love, Dami E

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