Monday, 25 February 2019

LOVE AND MANAGEMENT.


God can inspire the coming together of two individuals but He always leaves them with the responsibility to manage and sustain the relationship He inspired." - CEO


Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability
Ecclesiastes. 9:10a (ISV)


It's important to note that God always leaves certain things to us to handle. He won't do what He has asked us to do. He has His own role which He does play perfectly, and He has given us ours. He may help us as we play ours (that's if we allow Him to) but He won't altogether take over our own responsibility.

The first thing I want to help you appreciate today is that God does inspire relationships. He can and may pair two persons together, as He chooses. It may be for the purpose of business or ministry as in the case of Paul and Barnabas, or for the purpose of marriage as it was with Isaac and Rebecca.

Sometimes when you look at how some couples came together, it is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that God was the one who orchestrated the union. Lots of couples in this day and time have such stories. I actually do believe that a couple should be able to say without mincing words that God brought them together. That said, it's not always the norm though, even in the Bible. All those who don't have such stories should also know that God honours their marriage.

Now although God may influence, engineer and inspire the coming together of a man and a woman in such a manner that cannot be disputed, He leaves them with the responsibility to manage their relationship/marriage. Even recent history shows that some heavenly inspired unions still failed eventually because the persons involved mismanaged what God started. So, the fact that your relationship/marriage was birthed by certain jaw-dropping, strange and marvellous divine happenings does not make it immune to failure.

 If you fail to learn what you should and to do what God expects of you in order to preserve that wonderful, relationship, it will fail like any other relationship that had no divine history. You should know that if care is not taken, a thing that starts supernaturally can crash and end up like it was always ordinary. The Bible tells us of how David wept and lamented over Saul saying that he died like a man who was never anointed with oil. David understood that anointed people should not die like mere men. Saul started great but he crashed. That's a lesson for us all. We should not be proud about the way our relationships/marriages started. The history of your relationship isn't as important as the current responsibility you have in your hands to manage it. So, brace up and get to work.

The question then is, what's the way to manage your relationship? What's the way to manage your marriage? Our Bible text today tells us to give our relationships our very best. This entails that we learn what makes relationships work well and that we apply ourselves to doing what we have learnt. Your relationship cannot be the best it can be until you give it the best you can give. This is why there should never be a better yesterday in your relationship. It gets better as your commitment gets stronger. The joy we harvest from our relationships is the one we planted as seeds. The peace we enjoy is the harvest of the seeds we planted.

Many relationships that started on a heavenly note failed because those involved didn't manage their emotions properly, they made rash decisions and mismanaged their disagreements. Human pride can stop a divine work. In managing your relationship with your spouse/partner, you need to learn too manage your ego.

There are times when we need to submit to each other. Submission does not mean you're weak or stupid. Even Jesus who by status was in the very form of God, laid aside His majesty, submitted to the purpose of the Godhead, and became a human being just to fulfil something God always wanted. When we gladly and lovingly submit to each other, we're able to not only preserve our relationship/marriage but we also see the vision/plan of God for our relationships coming to pass.

May the grace to properly manage your relationship, marriage and home be multiplied to you now in Jesus' name.

Monday, 18 February 2019

TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE.


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Life would have been boring without relationships. Relationships exist when two or more persons come into a mutual connection and understanding such as there is between friends, girlfriend and boyfriend, employer and employee, mentor and protégé, husband and wife, family members, team mates etc. The list is endless. Of course it isn't possible to have a relationship with just yourself because the very essence of a relationship only comes into play when another individual is involved.

I say this because quite a number of people have given up on relationships especially on the kind of relationship that requires them to love someone and to open themselves to being loved, owing to  the path their lives have trended in the past. Most of these people, as a result, have found themselves in loneliness, depression and despondency.

Truth be told, just as our passage of scripture today says, the number two is the number of agreement and being in agreement means the beginning of a better and a healthier life. My point exactly is this: Being together with a loved one or a bosom friend is better than being alone. Every one needs a shoulder to lean on, a partner to tag along with and a hand to hold them dear. So, let go of the past and embrace love and friendship again.

However, make sure you learnt from the mistakes of the past. Take a notepad and reflect on where you've been and where you're coming from. Going through your past experiences, guided by God's Word, make notes of the things you should never forget and trust God to help you have better experiences as you open your heart by faith to receive the kind of love God desires you to experience.

Generally speaking, in the affairs of life we need partners. Let's appreciate the place of team spirit more. We need people. You make more impact when you do not work solo. I encourage you today to open up your mind. Join and create teams. Good success has a lot to do with recognizing the role that other people play. It's my prayer today that you'll see and understand that your life is better when you do not function as a loner. Do have a great week.

Friday, 15 February 2019

WE PRAY FOR NIGERIA...



Dear Father, we're at a crucial time in our nation and our eyes are on You Lord, You who answers prayers.

Father we thank You for how You have kept us as a nation thus far. We acknowledge Your deliverances and Your interventions in this nation.

We thank You for Nigeria.

But for Your help things would have been worse. We're grateful for all Your Spirit is doing in this nation.

As we prepare for the elections this weekend, Lord we ask for mercy on Nigeria.

We ask in sync with Psalm 102:13 that You arise and have mercy on us as a nation because the set time of favour for our nation has come.

Father, please deliver Nigeria from unreasonable and wicked men.

In the next four years that follow these elections that hold this Saturday, may the gospel of Jesus Christ have free course in Nigeria and be glorified like never before

According to Psalm 35:27 we pray that as a result of the elections this weekend, let the candidates who will favour your righteous cause shout for joy and be glad. May the results of this election go in their favour.

According to Psalms 72:2-4 and verse 7, we pray for leaders to emerge from these elections whose rule in this land will improve the economy of Nigeria; we ask for leaders who will uphold the cause of justice and people in whose time Nigeria shall experience an abundance of peace.

Father we ask for leaders whose reign will give free course to the flourishing of the righteous, in the name of Jesus.

In line with Job 5:12-16 and Isaiah 54:17 we speak against the intentions and agendas of wicked men in Nigeria who consider themselves to be wise and crafty.

We curse their systems and schemes with unproductivity. Dear Father, frustrate that which they have designed against the well being of this nation in this season.

In the name of Jesus we declare that their strategies go wrong. Their plans fail abruptly and they are unable to give effect to the things they have purposed.

According to Psalms 33:10 and Isaiah 8:10 our God causes their thoughts to fail. Their plans and blueprints are frustrated and made void in the name of Jesus.

We declare that Ezekiel 21:26-27 is our experience as a nation in this season.

From the heads of all those who have been in authority but have not done the will of God, we take away the crown. In this election and the elections that follow, we strip them of their leadership authority in the name of Jesus.

We declare that there will not be a repetition or continuation of their tyranny.

Father you said You'll overturn and overturn until it comes to the person whose right it is and that You'll give it to him.

Therefore we ask that an overturning of the current order take place in the course of this election.

Let the seats of the enemies of national peace and prosperity be given to Cyrus kind of men and women who will rule with the fear of God.

According to 1 Thessalonians 3:16 Father we ask for peace by all means.

From north to South, east to west, let the elections in Nigeria this weekend be characterized by the peace that only You can give.

You're our God of peace, therefore may every agenda of confusion be supernaturally crushed according to Romans 16:20.

Father we ask according to Nehemiah 2:20 that the men, women and youth in Nigeria will see that You our God will prosper our nation, therefore may they be stirred to arise this weekend and build Nigeria with their votes.

As you touched the hearts of men for Saul in 1 Samuel 10:26, we ask in the name of Jesus that for the elections this weekend You touch the hearts of the citizens of our nation to rise and make a statement with their votes for those You have chosen for our nation.

We thank You Father for being ever faithful and ever dependable. We rejoice in what You have done and are doing.

We already see ourselves return after the elections with singing before You for all You have done for our nation.

Thank You Father, in Jesus name.


_By: ogbonnayaEMMANUEL_

Sunday, 10 February 2019

IS LOVE A COMMAND OR A FEELING?!

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:34 KJV


I believe this opening verse already answered the topic heading which presents itself as a question. Today, many still find it difficult to know or understand what Love really is. To some love is feeling, a strong emotion that just makes you think and behave in ways you never thought you could. To some others love is sex; if love is present then it's a sure thing that sex follows. While to another set of people, love doesn't exist any more, they have had ill treatment by someone who proclaimed loved them. For them, love is overrated.

In life, there are some things that can not be disputed over, no matter how they are perceived by people. When it comes to the matters of Love, Perception is as good as lost. Such things in life have their roots in a Sovereign being and can not be completely decoded. Interestingly, Love definition can be expressed is so many ways but today, I'd just like to narrow down to it being either a command or a feeling.

Love is not a feelings nor strong emotions. When you agree with the opposite, you only centre your thoughts on the physical forgetting that the spiritual has its own side of the story and should be given preference because it actually begats the physical.


By that I mean, don't only let your five senses tell you what Love is, what is your inner mind also saying? It's important you weigh both on a scale and think before  you take a leap especially in romantic relationships.

Conclusively, Love is a command. If it wasn't so, Christ Jesus would not have demanded that we love one another. He also commanded that we love our enemies and do good to them. The possibility for man to love others generally is deeply rooted in the understanding of God's Love for him. In other words, those who love more have a deep connect with the understanding of God's love for them and they walk in the consciousness.

You too can love others right,  five into the pool of God's love and let if drown you, by so doing you easily would love others as yourself. So always remember, you don't have to feel anything for someone before you extend a hand of kindness or add value to them. It's already in you, Love. 

P. S   It's the week of Love, Happy Valentine. Don't forget to show love to someone out there who needs to become better.


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Sunday, 4 February 2018

EQUIPPED TO LOVE


"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved".
George Sand

Life has shown time and again that love is the unifier. Times have shown over and over that love is the decider. History have proven that love is the core. You cannot beat it because it is the essence of life. It remains a culture and an infallible trait to human existence. We are all wired to love and be loved. Martin Luther King Jr said "Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend". We are love-made.

The display of love transcends rules and bypasses protocols. I remember scenes where love rewrote the narrative and reared its head in spite of stringent setting. The typical 'Jack and Rose story' of Titanic shows how strong a love cord is. Similarly, the potency of a Confessor and the destiny of the Seeker can be compromised if love cames in-between them. Pardon my love for movies, Scriptures also record the strength of love - remember the sacrifice of Jacob for Rachael.

My emphasis today is to reiterate the fact that you can write your own love story. You are equipped to have a model love life. The movies have done theirs, do yours bit with a better understanding of Love. Some believe they aren't enabled to have an exceptional love life as seen in the lives of others who make headlines of long blissful love and marriage.. I indulge you to bury that thought. You are one of a kind. None has been like you on this planet and none can exactly mimic your makeup. You are here to fulfill purpose; don't accept anything less. Internalise the 3 guides below and gain ascendency in the display of your love.

1) You are complete in Christ:
There is nothing more you need to do to live out this truth. Only believe God's Word and live by it. The Scripture pens, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. You have been anointed to fullness and for your cup to overflow; allow this to settle in your spirit. You have what it takes to be lively, sociable and funny. You have what it takes to to be what you want and whom you choose to attract. You have what it takes to make a difference in the life of someone you love. You are complete.

2) Learn from Him: 
Jesus Christ perfectly personifies love. His life was an array and a wholesome embodiment of love. He was a delight to behold, a helper, a friend and a Saviour. His coming and works were outbursts of his love for man. Ranging from washing his disciples feet (Jn 13:3-5), through to his many miracles (Jn 11:36;43, Mat 14:16) and his death on the cross (Mat 27:45-50), love informed them. We learn compassion, concern and care from Jesus. Emulate these sacrificial ideals.

3) Grow in love: 
Growth is a characteristic of life. Anything that fails to grow will eventually die. Strengthen your love for God and others by exposing yourself to knowledge (Prov 24:3) and basking in grace (2 Tim 2:1). These are the amplifiers. Make it your priority to enrich your knowledge bank in as many ways possible. Ensure you also maximise the grace availed to you by being strong in faith, being in fellowship one with another and striving to express this love life. When you strive to be your best, you will be the best. Cheers!