Category: Inspiration

Self-Reflection – A Part Of Your Everyday Routine

Sometimes we need time off. Time off from the noise, hustle, and bustle of everyday life. Sometimes to perceive a picture clearly, you ought to take a few steps back so that you can be a better judge of the artwork. The world is a canvas on which we all desire to leave our mark therefore we need to be intentional about every move we make. So soon, the second month of 2021 is almost over and it’s time for some self-reflection.

Self- Reflection Helps You Revise Your Plans

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? LUKE 14:28

As the scripture reveals, important projects require planning and I believe that there are very few things more important than our lives as individuals. We’re about to enter the third month of the year and we need to take another look at our plans before we do so. Of all the goals you had at the start of the year, which of them are in progress and which aren’t? What have you been doing right and what have you been wrong?

In the process of self-reflection, you have to be completely honest with yourself and be your harshest critic. The goal of this is to improve and be a better version of yourself for the coming month. The purpose of self-reflection is not for you to condemn and demotivate yourself but to be better and move on to the next level.

Evaluate Your Christian Life By Self-Reflecting!

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test. 2 CORINTHIANS 13:5.

The Christian faith has standards we ought to live by and self-reflection comes to play when we consciously compare our lifestyle to the tenets of the faith. Are we living according to God’s standards in the way we treat others? Are we obeying His laws? How often do we take time to read His word? Our faith is extremely important because it determines our place in eternity. What do we have to gain if we only make physical progress in 2021 while we retrogress spiritually?

It can be easy to think your Christian life is based on how you feel. The truth nonetheless is that we cannot use our feelings to determine whether we’re in right standing with God or not. The only way we can judge our standing with God is by using His word.

Learn From Mistake and Discover Yourself

Always remember that thinking critically about your life takes you a step ahead. It is always an opportunity to assess yourself and correct your mistakes. The purpose of making mistakes is to learn from them and not to be shackled by them. Anytime you’re self-reflecting, you get to understand why certain moves you made worked well and others didn’t. Never shy away from the opportunity to self-reflect. You never know what you will discover about yourself.

January Is Over – Are You Still On Track?

We have a few days left in January, it’s time for some reflection.

There are usually three types of people when it comes to resolutions;

(1) the people who make an keep resolutions

(2) The people who make and break resolutions and

(3) the people who did not make any resolutions. Which category do you fall in?

FOR THOSE STILL ON TRACK.

You have done a good work so far. Perseverance and consistency are hallmarks of greatness. It is important that you stick to your goals. You have eleven more months to fight for. Sometimes when we find ourselves on track in the pursuit of our goals and dreams, complacency can set in.

We must not lose consciousness of the fact that God is the one who is behind our abilities to succeed. We must recognize God as the source of our consistency. Having a dependence on God is what would enable you to stay on track more than anything.

In as much as being fully dependent on God is essential to successfully achieving your goals and dreams for the year 2021, do not forget to put in the necessary work. Pray to God and ask Him to help you see this through but it does not mean that you shouldn’t stay disciplined and do what is physically required of you. Study hard if you have to, continue going to the gym, keep practicing etc. basically do whatever is important to achieving your 2021 goals.

FOR THOSE OFF TRACK.

for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again… (PROVERBS 24:16)

When you’re no table to stay on track, you should not quit. The fact that you had a setback in the pursuit of your 2021 goal does not mean that you cannot start over and achieve it. It is important that we learn from every setback we have had in January in order not to repeat them.

Nothing good comes easy, as such, we need to be aware of the fact that there would always be challenges. In Proverbs 24:16, we get to know that though the righteous may fail at certain things sometimes, they’re always bound to recover and attain the necessary highs. So, as a child of God do not give up. With the right efforts, you shall surely be at the top. Keep trying, keep praying, keep working.

FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE ANY RESOLUTIONS.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables (Habakkuk 2:2)

Everyone might have reasons why he/she did not make resolutions for 2021. No matter what your reason may be, there is no denying that planning is a very important step to fulfilling goals. We all need to have aims, dreams and desires for this year in order to have a successful one.

If you did not make plans for this year because you did not have an idea of what you want to achieve, pray to God to reveal to you His will for your life. Once you know what God’s will for you is for 2021, it would be easier for you to run with it.

This year has only begun and we personally believe that it is going to be your best year yet regardless of how it has started for you. Continue with the plans that you made and make sure God remains central to all your goals.

The World Needs Your Talent

Your talent is any skill or ability you naturally possess. It is that particular activity or set of activities you easily excel at. Often times, you would naturally develop a passion for whatever you are talented at. Everybody on the surface of the earth is gifted with a special talent.

The reason why anyone would think he/she does not have a talent is that he/she has not discovered it yet. The truth is, God created each individual with a purpose and our talents exist to propel us towards them. We are stewards of our talents and we need to let the world benefit from them. Today, we will explore the reasons why the world needs your talent.

Our Talent Fill In The Gap

You need to believe that your innate ability is truly special and beneficial to the world. The world by nature is interconnected by individuals who knowingly or unknowingly affect one another with their roles. A farmer uses his talent to grow crops, the crops would be used by a talented chef to cook a nutritious meal for his customers.

A biochemist can use the farmer’s crops to develop solutions to certain illnesses. When everyone uses their gifts, it keeps the world balanced. Those who are deficient in your area of strength would benefit from you whiles you also benefit from their gifts. Without your talent, there would be a gap created in the world. However little we may think our talents are, we need to develop and use them to benefit society.

Our Talents Inspire Others

There are many people who have developed a passion to pursue their dreams and hone their talents by observing others accomplish the same. We have all looked up to people in one way or the other because they embody and exemplify our dreams and aspirations.

Many musicians for example try to emulate legends in their genre in order to be successful in their careers. Success in using our talents would inspire others to take steps to use theirs.

A lot of people fear to step out of their comfort zones in order to display the special talents that God has given them. When we are courageous enough to use our talents, it helps others in our churches, local communities and cities overcome their fears. Just as we look up to those who have succeeded in using their talents, others need us to use ours so that they would look up to us. Use your talent, you do not know who may be watching!

Talents Draw Men To God

Mat 5:16 KJV Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

One way to let our light shine is to use our talents effectively. When we pursue excellence with our talents, observers are going to be drawn to God as Matthew 5:16 asserts. People are drawn to the ideas of excellence and perfection.

A lot of people would be interested in finding out the source of your talent once you begin to use it in an outstanding way. The mastery of our talents would change lives when used to glorify, God. Our most crucial assignment on earth is to attract people to Him and away from sin.

Talent Brings Joy

It is delightful to watch a maestro lead an orchestra. It is an amazing feeling to hear the best voices in sync at the opera. Most people would attest to the fact that observing a person using his gifts to its full capacity brings a sense of joy.

God placed talents in each of us because He intends us to use them. Using your talent does not only bring joy to the observer but also brings joy to you. You would be fulfilled on earth if you’re able to use your talents as God pleases. God tied our talents to our purpose and to our self-actualization.

In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells the parable of the talents. One lesson to take from that passage is that God would cause us to improve upon our talents the more we use it. We see that the master in the aforementioned parable gave more talents to the servants who had made good use of theirs.

However, he took away the talent of the servant who buried it. No matter how little or insignificant we think our talent may be, we need to use it. The more we use our talents, the more we develop the capacity to increase it. Use your talents. That’s what makes you special.

During Trials, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

It is easy to think that just because we are Christians who regularly attend church services and live morally upright lives, we aren’t supposed to go through trials. The truth, however, is that trials and challenging times are part of life and God does not promise that we would not go through them. We can rest assured that in as much as our current situations may be hard to cope in, God has given us the strength, will, and courage to fight through them. God is with us in all our endeavors therefore be encouraged today. I would share with you a few things that are sure to encourage you in perilous times.

You Have A Comforter

Joh 14:16 KJV And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever

The very idea of having a comforter suggests the likelihood of encountering situations that are likely to fight your faith, make you uncomfortable and unhappy. In times where your life may seem to be in its darkest moments always keep in mind that there someone who would comfort you when you allow Him. That person is the third person of the trinity: “The Holy Spirit”. He is our loving and caring guide through the storms of life. He is not a myth, He truly exists and we would experience inexplicable joy in our most perilous times when he is near.

Trials Are For Promotion

Mat 13:21 BBE But having no root in himself, he goes on for a time; and when trouble comes or pain, BECAUSE OF THE WORD he quickly becomes full of doubts.

Sometimes God allows us to face challenges in life because He wants to test us for an imminent promotion. In Matthew 13:21, you can notice that trials come to us because of the word of God have heard. This is comparable to how a teacher would organise am exam for his students based on what has been taught. You could be in a situation where your ability to forgive is being tested because you have been reading books and Bible texts about forgiveness lately and He wants you to perfect that ability. Just as a school exam is meant to promote you to the next academic level, trials are spiritual exams that would develop in you a virtue.

Trials End In Hope

Rom 5:3-4 KJV And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

We’re built up in patience and perseverance the more we go through adversity. A bodybuilder goes to the gym and puts his body through excruciating pain in order to build stamina and endurance. The more he is exposed to pain, the more his body and mind are able to adapt to the discomfort. In time, the bodybuilder would build immunity and numbness for certain kinds of pain. This is similar to what tribulations do to us. They build in us experience and patience that only leads us to hope. What kind of hope?

Hope In Our Rewards

2Co 4:17 KJV For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

In our darkest moments, we need to remember that what we go through is temporal; it won’t last forever. Afflictions are easier to go through when your eye is on the prize. As Christians, we need to understand that the earth and everything in it, would come to an end one day. When our hope is based on the treasure that awaits us in eternity, we would realize that what we’re facing is nothing.

Sportsmen partake in rigorous training exercises with their end goal being the trophy on the line. This helps them focus on the greater goal instead of being discouraged by whatever discomfort their training brings. We ought to focus on our eternal treasure in order to fight and win the good fight of faith.

Trials and tribulations are a part of life. What sets us apart as Christians is that we walk out of them victoriously. Believe that you have a God who would never forsake you. He has equipped you to succeed even in the toughest times.

What To Expect When Churches Re-open?

One of the most affected sectors, by the COVID-19 pandemic, is religious institutions and faith-based organizations.

Recently, governments of some nations have permitted churches to hold services under certain proposed guidelines and restrictions. However, many questions have been asked with regard to safety and the essentiality of religious gatherings.

The question of essentiality

In troubling times such as this, people need to listen to messages of hope, faith, and the love of God. For Christians, the church is much more than just a social club or an optional meeting.

A Christian’s fellowship with other believers is central to his/her spiritual, physical, and psychological well-being. These are times where believers need to come together to pray for their communities and nations.

The “God-factor” cannot be relegated to the background in a time where it is needed the most. The face of God needs to be sought and that is the responsibility of the entire church.

The online alternative

The church is an essential service for Christians due to the element of hope it provides. So why not hold church services online as an effective alternative to physical meetings? After all, the messages preached wouldn’t lose their potency just because congregants aren’t physically present would they?

While we do not think that there is much difference between listening to a sermon online and listening to it in person, the issue of affordability is paramount here. It is common knowledge that global economic failure is a repercussion of the ongoing fight against the pandemic. Many individuals have lost their jobs because they can no longer be paid by the companies for which they work. Christians; especially those in less endowed countries would struggle to stream online church services due to a deficiency in financial strength.

Some people can afford streaming online services but what happens to those who cannot? The opening of churches would be advantageous to those who may be less privileged financially and wouldn’t afford patronizing online church services. Such people would lose their weekly ‘dose’ of hope if churches are not opened in a way that would make attendance safe.

The question of safety

Many people’s concern now would be whether the church services would be safe enough to attend. The issue of safety is of course a valid concern and the appropriate measures ought to be taken by churches when they open in order to ensure that outbreaks do not occur. In as much as it is normal for individuals to be concerned about safety, a certain level of consistency needs to be present in our line of reasoning.

There are a lot of examples of public gatherings regarded as essential which have a similar risk factor to that of church gatherings. What makes the difference for these gatherings is the observance of precautions and protocols to which the church can also adhere to. Parliamentary sittings, media press briefings, vetting of prospective vetting officials, the operation of cinemas, etc.

Are also social gatherings in an enclosed space just like most churches. Aside from the operation of cinema’s all the stated examples also involve a chairperson addressing a crowd just like the Pastor addresses his/her congregation. If some secular gatherings with some similarities to the church are allowed to operate provided the needed protocols are observed, the church can also do the same.

Should you fear?

NO! Every individual is required to be cautious and take the necessary precautions but fear should not be our disposition. Should churches start opening their doors to members, we are all responsible for being one another’s keeper. All individuals must ensure that everyone else involved in church activities stick to the rules and guidelines the government has proposed for church services.

Ensure that the church has sanitizers at vantage points, masks are worn, the one-meter rule for social distancing is observed by leaders and members of the church.

To Conclude…

These are not normal times but we need normalcy to be restored in the shortest possible time. We can do this together by ensuring that we stick to the protocols as individuals and ensuring that others do so too. If we’re all disciplined enough we can fight COVID-19 together and come out victorious. It isn’t about whether social gatherings are allowed or not. It is more about our will to do our part as individuals.

What selfless love really looks like…

Love as an abstract concept is hard to define in words because of its subjective nature in  language. Love per human intelligence, wisdom and emotion can be defined differently by people depending on culture, personal preferences and context. Granted that cultural and sociological elements influence our categorization of certain acts as being actions of love or not, the bible outlines certain essential properties that objectively constitute love.

Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.  1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7

1 Corinthians 13 is a famous chapter centred on love. As seen above it enlists the virtues of patience, kindness, longsuffering etc. The next few paragraphs would be dedicated to explaining in some detail, what some of these virtues that characterize selfless love according to the bible.

Patience And Tolerance

We would not need to be patient with one another if we were all the same. If we had the same values, ideas and communication skills we wouldn’t need to have patience with and tolerate one another. Selfless love understands that we’re all different people with different perspectives. Love looks beyond oneself and considers other people. In order for us to exhibit true love we need to have an understanding that our differences in perspective may cause frictions and disagreements and that it is normal for people to have views and opinions that do not necessarily align with ours. The Christian life is supposed to exemplify genuine patience and tolerance.

For instance the fact that people of other Faiths or religions have a different perspective from us doesn’t preclude us from peacefully coexisting with them in our communities, schools and workplaces. No matter a person’s race, ethnicity, beliefs etc. God asks us to love them. “…Love your neighbour as yourself.”(Matthew 22:39). Our neighbours may not always be in agreement with us, but it takes tolerance and patience to be able to show the selfless and unshackled love.

Humility And Meekness

Love, humility and meekness are inseparable virtues. It is impossible to exhibit love without being meek and having a spirit of humility. Meekness and humility should not be mistaken for timidity. One can be assertive, proactive and still have be meek and humble. A humble person does not brag on his achievements, he is rather magnanimous in victory. No matter the heights you may have reached in life, you need to be able to relate with people who for one reason or the other are less privileged or successful than you are.

Your success as a humble person helps build others up instead of intimidating and tearing them down. “…knowledge puffeth up but love edifieth.”(1 Corinthians 8:1). Usually the privileges, knowledge and information we have over another may reveal some characteristics of pride in us but it takes the spirit of humility to produce the love in us that edifies others.

Forgiveness

Eph 4:32 KJV And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Selfless love forgives. You cannot claim to love a person if you cannot look past that person’s offences or wrongs he/she has committed towards you. We all make mistakes from time to time but perfect love overlooks our errors, forgives and forgets about them as though they never happened. True love does not keep record of our wrong doing. God continues to show us love everyday by forgiving us of all our sins against Him. In order to love those we claim to care about, we need to follow God’s example of dying for a word in its depravity.

Laying Your Life

Joh 15:13 KJV Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The greatest showcase of love is to lay down your life for another. Every human being has intrinsic value and that is what drives us to seek self preservation. All rational humans are naturally inclined to seek their best interests and death is not one of them. It takes the highest level of love for one to deny himself of his right to life just to ensure that another’s life is preserved.

What does our love look like? Does it have any of the discussed characteristics? In order to be able to exhibit true selfless love, we ought to have the Spirit of God because God is love. Therefore it only makes sense that the perfect representation of love which is our Lord Jesus Christ laying His life down for our sins would be believed in. Having Jesus in our heart is the first and inevitable step to take in order to portray selfless love.

Inspired By The Mothers In The Bible

Let’s study some of the most inspiring mothers in the bible.

Motherhood is often times limited to the biological phenomenon of gestation and childbirth. The features of a mother however does not depend on biology. It has everything to do with nurturing a child to a point of growth.

Esther

As established, mothers are leaders; the kind that selflessly look out for the safety of their people.

Esther’s story serves as a model for all women in some form of spiritual, corporate or political leadership. Esther, a Jew, was made queen in the land of Persia. What made Esther special was her desire and ability to use her position to save her people. One characteristic of a mother is the ability to negotiate and preserve.

Esther was able to influence King Ahasuerus to retract the edict to have all Jews in Persia killed. One lesson that can be picked from Esther’s story is, that mothers have the ability to ensure that their people are always protected.

Naomi

Naomi had a tragic life in the land of Moab. She had lost her husband Elimelech and her two sons in Moab. In the book of Ruth, Naomi exhibits motherly characteristics as she guides Ruth, her widowed daughter in law. In Africa, the stereotype prevails that mothers and daughters in law usually do not have a good relationship.

The story of Naomi displays the opposite. Ruth’s willingness to follow her mother in law to a foreign land is a testament of the fact that Naomi was a mother whose benevolence was independent of biological ties. She taught Ruth how to navigate through life in the land of Judah. That will obviously include the area of faith.

Ruth adopted Naomi’s faith (Ruth 1:16) and Naomi was most likely her spiritual parent. Naomi also played a pivotal role in strengthening the relationship of Ruth and Boaz which ultimately led to marriage. Naomi was a mother at heart and she mentored Ruth as though she was her biological daughter.

Hannah

Hannah was barren and prayed for years to have her womb opened. She made a vow to God that if her request was granted, the child would serve in the temple all his life. The noblest character a mother can have is to ensure that her offspring lives a life dedicated to God.

Mothers are to ensure that their children are not only fed physically but spiritually so that their souls may grow. Hannah serves as the epitome of a women who completely put her trust on the lord. She believed that her child would be in good hands once he was dedicated to work in the sanctuary. Her faith was rewarded as her son Samuel became one of the most influential prophets in the history of Israel.

To conclude, the bible shows us that no woman is less of a mother because of her inability to bear children. Kindness, selflessness, longsuffering and other traits of love as outlined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 are the most essential qualities of motherhood. It is what all women ought to strive to attain.

What has Covid19 taught you about your faith?

In a time where the wearing of masks isn’t limited to supervillains and superheroes, the entire world joins forces to battle a common enemy. The weapons in our arsenal include a total or partial lockdown, enhanced testing, and social distancing. The enemy, a pandemic whose only known vaccine is the prescription to stay at home.

No fans in the stadiums, no actors in the theatres but pastors remain behind the pulpits speaking words of hope despite COVID-19. As the Bible proclaims in Romans 10:17,” Faith comes by hearing…” as such the words spoken behind the pulpit have helped build the faith of its hearers during this period. What has faith got to do with a pandemic?

Faith Over Fear

Phrases like ‘Fear not’, ‘Do not be afraid’, ’Do not be anxious’ which exhort us to overcome fear are found over 300 times in the bible. What is paramount, however, is that most of these scriptures implore us to have confidence in the Lord and his word.

The ‘arrival’ of COVID-19 has struck fear into a lot of souls but the antidote to alleviate fear is faith in God and his word. We have learned to believe in God’s word in these trying times instead of focusing on the increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections. I am holding on to the words in Psalm 91:10,” There shall no evil befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling”. God’s word is essential in our daily survival in and out of perilous times.

Corporate Prayer

Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven ”(Matthew 18:19). Another thing COVID-19 has taught me about my Christian faith is that there is power in corporate prayer. On 25th March 2020, the president of the country declared a fast against the COVID-19 pandemic. I witnessed Ghanaians from all walks of life observing and partaking in the national fast.

It is my belief that such prayer is really as effective as Matthew 18:19 asserts. Seeing a nation in unity in one of the toughest periods in our history yet was a lesson that prayer was the only way humanity allows God to intervene in its affairs. Where science fails God prevails.

Praying For Leadership

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” (Romans 13:1).

 “The King’s hand is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD, He turns it wherever He will.”(Proverbs 21:1)

We had never witnessed a situation where church activities were banned until we had cases of COVID-19. We noticed that all churches and Christian leaders have complied with the president’s prescription because the bible admonishes us to do so.

If the Bible commands that leaders should be obeyed, then it is important that people in the Christian faith intercede for leaders that they would heed to the will of God in their decision making. The impact that national leaders can have on our lives is enormous therefore we ought to keep them in prayer so that they come up with effective methods in battling COVID-19.

The Church Is Not A Building

I haven’t been to the church building in over a month, but I have had church service on Sundays and Wednesdays and leadership meetings on Tuesdays. This teaches a crucial lesson; COVID-19 can prevent gatherings in the church building but it cannot prevent the church from worshipping. God is spirit and they that worship him must do so in spirit and In truth.

God does not require us to worship him in designated buildings, all he requires is that our gatherings – whether physically or virtually – are in his name (Matthew 18:20). The church is us. Every single Christian is a part of God’s church. We are all in one accord regardless of the place of worship.

Even in the toughest periods, God is close to us and he will never leave us nor forsake us. By his stripes, we are healed and by faith, we affirm that COVID-19 shall be expunged.

Use The Bible As A Life Manual

Being told to read a lot is considered sound advice. However we ought to be highly selective of the content of whatever material we intend to imbibe. The Bible is often thought of as just a religious and Historical book, but it is much more than that. The Bible is the best guide in how life on earth should be lived by humans. Just as every electronic gadget comes with a manual detailing ways to its most efficient and effective use, the Bible teaches us how to achieve our full potential on earth. The Bible guides us on issues related to marriage, money, hard work and diligence. Today we will discuss some aspects of life the Bible deals with.

Money

Money is an indispensable part of our lives today. It is our medium of exchange of goods and services and without it life would be challenging. The Bible gives us a comprehensive guide on how money should be ‘related’ to. In Luke 16:13, Jesus Christ asserts that money should not be placed at par with God; “You cannot serve both God and money”. This does not imply that money is inherently a bad thing.

That scripture points to the fact that man has a tendency to make money life’s ultimate focus, instead of seeking to do God’s will. In Proverbs 13:11 we can see clearly that God desires that we acquire wealth in the right manner. The verse states that, “Dishonest money dwindles away but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow”. This is evidence to the fact that God is not against the very idea of wealth, He just wants us to gain it according to His will.

Marriage

The Bible is also a manual that guides us on our love life. It teaches us a wife’s responsibility to a husband as well as a husband’s responsibility to a wife. Wives are encouraged to submit to their husbands like the church submits to Christ. Also husbands are required to love their wives even unto death just as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:21-33). The passage in Ephesians 5:21-33 gives us an in-depth look at the institution of marriage and draws an analogy between marriage and Christ’s relationship to the Church.

We can also see instructions on marriage in 1 Corinthians 7. Paul explains to the church of Corinth that one importance of the institution of marriage is that it can prevent the temptation to immorality. He prescribes that each man should have His own wife and each wife should have her own husband. One famous passage in the Bible is Proverbs 31. It outlines the ideal qualities of a good wife and mother. God instituted marriage and he made available in His word what is necessary to have a wonderful one. The Bible is a sufficient marriage manual.

Diligence and work

In as much as the word of God promises us blessings, it also motivates us to work hard and be diligent in our endeavors. The Bible has scriptures that will galvanize us in our pursuit of success through hard work. Colossians 3:23 asks us to do whatever we do as unto God. At our work places we ought to have in mind that no matter who cuts our pay checks, we are working for God and he deserves our absolute best.

In Proverbs 14:23, you would notice that it is not enough to only talk about our dreams, goals and aspirations, it is important to toil for them. Taking the necessary steps to achieve your dreams is far more important than talking about it. The verse is an encouragement to roll up your sleeves, get in the dirt and bring your dreams to life. It (Proverbs 14:23) says, ”In all toil there is profit but mere talk tends only to poverty”. Working very hard towards your dreams cannot be overemphasized but you ought to remember to plan first.

Before you set out on your quest to accomplish your goal, you need to spend time planning. The Bible prescribes that our plans should involve the Lord. “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established”(Proverbs 16:3). Therefore, our plans must be first, submitted to the Lord so that once we work on them with all diligence he would brig=ng success to our doorstep.

Eternity

The most important aspect of life the Bible instructs us on is our quest to live with God in eternity. We are constantly reminded that our life on earth is temporal; A passageway to our eternal home with God. The central theme of the Bible is that came down as Jesus Christ to redeem us from the wages of sin, and we ought to believe in him and His finished work on the cross in order to be with Him in eternity.

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”(2 Timothy 3:16). God intends that our righteousness would be as he has prescribed in His word. Therefore we are required to study His word and walk in His instructions in order to live a life worthy of our call. 

The Bible is the only manual that would lead us to a fruitful life. Therefore we ought to read, meditate and do our best to walk according to the guidelines it provides through the Holy Ghost that lives in us.

You Must Break That Addiction Now!

It starts little by little, a short moment of fun develops a craving for more. That yearning births a habit, the habit becomes an addiction. Pornography, Drinking, Drug abuse, Over-reliance on technology. Whatever action it may be, addiction is idolatry because these pleasures tend to take the place of God. Whether we choose to admit it or not, most of us struggle with addictions that are challenging to break.

Often times, it seems these addictions are etched into the core of our being. And breaking these addictions would be tantamount to breaking away from our very self. A lot of people claim to hate the very things they are addicted to. But yet cannot put a stop to the things their actions. Do we have the power to overcome our addictions or are we forever imprisoned in their cages? The sinful nature of our flesh is always battling us, but we have the means to conquer it. Let’s look at ways we can be set free from our addictions:

Submit to God

James 4:7,” Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Our addictions are temptations from the devil. He goads us into acting on our fleshly desires. The devil cannot be resisted unless you submit your life to God. The first step to breaking any addiction is to make Jesus Christ the lord of your life. Making Jesus the lord of your life goes beyond reciting the sinners’ prayer.

It means desiring and making a deliberate effort to walk like Christ did and to be like him. Jesus Christ never sinned but he was tempted with all manner of temptations. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we yet still do not sin”(Hebrews 4:15)

Understand that he doesn’t condemn you

It is understandable that for some of us submitting to God seems impossible. Because we know how much he hates our sinful actions and addictions. We must understand however that God is full of love. Though he hates our sins he does not hate us. In Hebrews 4:15: He empathizes with our weakness and He wants us to come to him just as we are so that he will transform us.

One thing that hinders us from breaking away from addiction is self-condemnation. We begin to think that we cannot get relief from our problems because we are filthy being unworthy of love. The truth is Christ died for us even in our sinful state and he is calling us unto ourselves to get healed and be freed from the demons that afflict us.

He is loving God who understands your pains and struggles and he is waiting for you with arms wide open. “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Do not be isolated

When struggling with addictions, it is easy to think that you’re alone in the fight. Many people feel ashamed of their habits tom the extent that it becomes their darkest secrets whiles guilt reigns in their conscience everyday. Speaking to the right people about your addiction is an important step to breaking it.

As Christian, we need to be part of a local bible believing church. Being part of a community of saints provides the avenue to talk to church leaders who can support us in our battle against addiction, through prayer teaching and counseling. There are many leaders in the church who have once struggled with our addictions and would be in the best position to give us practical advice, provide emotional support and pray for us.

“Therefore make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective”(James 5:16). As the aforementioned scripture says telling one another about our struggles brings us healing when we pray for one another concerning the addictions we may have. Therefore seeking help from Christian leaders is a biblical way of fighting addiction because they have been equipped with the spirit of God to help them.

Eschew bad company

“Do not be misled, bad company corrupts good character”,(1 Corinthians 15:33). Fleeing from bad company isn’t limited to people who influence you to continue in your addiction. Bad company involves media like television programs, websites, music, ads etc. that perpetuate such behaviour and may trigger you addiction. Staying close to things that trigger your addiction would stifle any progress you may have made in your quest to break away from it. So it is important and essential in your fight against addiction to stay away from all things and people that have the potential to trigger it.

Renew your mind

“Do not conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”,(Romans 12:2). Your mind/soul consists of your intellect will and emotions. Your mind is the seat of your personality. The battle with our addiction occurs in our minds and in order to win this fight we need to renew our minds.

You renew your mind by changing what your mind feeds on. The word of God is the best tool and catalyst to change your mental state. Constantly studying and meditating on the word of the lord would eventually influence our way of thinking. It replaces any thought in our mind that influences us to pursue our addictions.

Finally brethren whatever is true, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things”,(Philippians 4:8)

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