Category: Inspiration

You Are Stronger Than You Think

Might, strength, power, and success, sometimes, seem to be qualities reserved for a selected group of people.  Many individuals do not consider themselves as part of the unique set of people with such qualities.

Is strength something we’re born with or is it something that we can develop? We do believe that it is a combination of both. Strength is not only the physical ability to withstand great force but would refer to the mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions as well. Though some may be born with a greater degree of strength in some facets than others, we can all train ourselves to gain strength where we lack it.

In the Bible, Samson was characterized by sheer physical strength. His strength was inborn and he was unmatched by any of his contemporaries. In spite of his strength, Samson had an emotional weakness that led to his demise. Samson’s affection towards Delilah ultimately led to his captivity in the hands of the Philistines. The point is that just as we have strengths, we also have areas of weaknesses. Most times, we focus on the weak areas and end up measuring our strength using the wrong standards.

WHAT DO YOU MEASURE STRENGTH BY?

When we have a challenge or go through a though process in life without emerging victorious, we beat ourselves up and judge ourselves harshly as failures, underachievers, or weaklings. Measuring strength by the number of victories one has is acceptable but not accurate. You are also strong when you recover after life throws a heavy stone at you.  The pain and harsh realities we endure are marks of our strength. So do not view your current situation as a weakness. If you have been able to survive through it all,  till this moment, know that you are strong!!

BUILD IT.

As stated earlier some strengths come naturally to us whiles others aren’t innate. The good news is that, no matter what our “weaknesses” are we can correct and transform them into strengths. God gave us the ability to make such transformations and that in itself is a strength. You might think you’re weak but you’re actually not because you have it in you to become as strong as you can be in any area of your life.

Phi 4:13 KJV I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The word of God has already said that you are stronger than you think and you have the ability to do all things because Christ strengthens you.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

2Co 12:9 KJV “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness“. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Always remember that as a Christian you are not alone. The fact that God is strong makes you also strong because He lives in you.

What areas of your life do you think you’re naturally strong at? What areas do you think need improving? Also, are there any weaknesses you may have had in the past that you’ve been able to overcome? Please do share it with us in the comment section.

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How Has Your Year Truly Been So Far?

Clean slates are attractive to us because of the prospect of starting on the right path. What is even more enticing about having a blank slate is the fact that your past errors have been erased. So many of us view a new year just like we view a clean slate. It’s all about setting up standards, goals, and resolutions we desire to fulfill.

2020 like all other years started with a lot of promise for most of us. It was not only the start of a new year but of a new decade. Everyone had high expectations. We wanted to grow our businesses, relationships, and other essential aspects of our lives.

But something unexpected interrupted the excitement we all had for this new decade.

A PANDEMIC.

Early this year, businesses had to close, churches had to stop operating and families had to stay indoors. We were all affected one way or the other.

POSITIVE EFFECTS?

Quite a number of people have admitted that even though the pandemic had dire effects on the world, the lockdown period had some positive effects on their families. There was a testimony of a man who hadn’t been able to spend quality time with his family since he started a new job 5 years ago. Though he wasn’t happy about the impacts of COVID-19 on his job, he felt that the lockdown gave him a great opportunity to be an integral part of his children’s lives.

During the lockdown, there are many people who have seized the opportunity to study short courses online, start businesses tailored towards meeting the prevailing needs of people in this period, learn how to play an instrument, etc. Though we hope and pray that COVID-19 would soon be eradicated, we need to be creative and find ways to survive and grow even in these times. As you’re reading this, you may be thinking that you’re not up to the task but you need to believe that you have it inside of you to overcome the big challenge 2020 came with.

LIVE ON

If you haven’t achieved anything this year, at least find solace in the fact that God has kept you alive for the first half of 2020. That means that the best is yet to come. And you have six more months to make it right. Prove your doubters and critics wrong and make 2020 a memorable year for yourself because you owe it to yourself!

TELL US YOUR STORY.

People who might feel ‘bullied’ by 2020 and COVID-19 need a spark of hope. That little spark of hope can be your story. Tell us how you have been able to make the most of this year in spite of this pandemic. Add to your impressive run this year by being a motivation to someone else. Please do share it with us in the comment section below. God bless you!

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EYES ON AFRICA: Making room for creativity online

The phrase ‘these are not normal times’ has become a banal expression within the COVID-19 climate. Nations and individuals are gradually recognizing ways to not only survive the pandemic but to succeed. The fact prevails that if COVID-19 had emerged about a century ago as the Spanish flu, we would not have been able to ease some of its effects on our lives. The pandemic came at a time where technology harbors some of its impacts. The internet has been an invaluable resource for us to maintain our businesses, education, faith, and to interact with one another amidst the calls to be socially distant.

In business, online trading has been the way to go. In the sphere of formal education, lectures and examinations are virtual. The same applies to faith-based entities. Places of worship have re-opened in many parts of the world with some limitations; however, some regular churchgoers prefer to stay home and watch services online. Many people are gradually becoming accustomed to life online.

Up to now, auditoriums, theatres, and cinemas were common places for entertainment to perform. The advent of this pandemic has seemingly robbed artists of their primary means of income. Many complain about these challenges in their art and careers, and audiences hunger for more access to entertainment.

THE AFRICAN DIGITAL SPACE

As Africans are becoming part of the growing digital community, access to quality, and engaging online content has become a necessity. The World Bank recorded 89 million-internet users in sub-Saharan Africa, half of which were in Nigeria. Kenya and Nigeria together accounted for 62% of the total internet users in Africa. There is also more attention toward investment in African-based media. Major organizations like Netflix and Universal are steadily invading the digital creative space of Africa.

It is evident that the pandemic has caused a higher demand for creative content online. Content creators should use this surge of online interest to their advantage to create content for digital platforms, reaching the masses who yearn for their art.

MAKE ROOM FOR CHRISTIAN CREATIVES

The population of Christians in Africa exceeds the number of Christians on any other continent. These numbers will not decline anytime soon; in fact, an exponential increase in the number of African Christians is to be expected in the next few decades. Coupled with the growing number of Christians in Africa and the broadened interest in African media, there is much room for creatives to display their talent and broaden their audiences with the potential to attract major companies for distribution.

Dominion Television is no stranger to the growing demand for digital content. Dominion TV on Demand provides unlimited access to quality Christian content made in Africa, providing values-based, interesting content available on any mobile device. Our content is created to inspire Christians to live faith-empowered lives. Our goal is to make Christ more relevant to a new generation of young Christians looking for meaning and a new representation of the Christian faith.

As the Christian faith has taken center stage in Africa, opportunities for Christian creatives are more attainable and have the potential to attract major markets. The shift of attention to faith-based content is encouraging, and the growing demand for quality online content should be met with able hands.

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Are You Really Hearing God’s voice?

If God spoke to you, would you recognize His voice? As a child can distinguish between the voices of his/her parents and the voices of others, it is imperative that we are able to recognize God’s voice if we’re His children. How do we know when He speaks? 

GOOD-EVIL DISTINCTION 

Humans have an innate ability to distinguish between what is morally acceptable and what is not. When torn between two decisions regarding moral values it is relatively easy to know when one option is morally permissible and the other isn’t. For instance, having to choose between theft and generosity really shouldn’t give anyone with a considerable moral knowledge a headache. We would naturally expect God to suggest generosity and abhor theft. So in such cases where the choice is straightforward and between good and evil, we can discern from what angle God would speak.  

HIS WORD. 

One of the most proven ways to be certain whether the voice you heard is God’s voice or not is to compare it with the standards of God’s word. We’re not always going to have situations bordering on decisions that have an obvious moral resolution. For instance, issues relating to fear, health, prosperity, etc. May not be explicitly moral in nature and such issues need God’s word as the standard in other to discern whose voice you’re hearing.

When you feel discouraged, fearful, and insecure you can tell where those feelings are from by searching the scriptures. 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. From this scripture, we can know the voice and thoughts of God concerning fear. So when you’re fearful about the future or your next move in life, you should know that the whispers that make you fearful aren’t God’s voice. 

YOUR INNER MAN 

We all are spirit beings with consciences that guide us. Our spirits have the ability to discern God’svoice from other voices in the universe. Once we develop our spirits we shall be able to know when God is speaking to us. God can speak to us through dreams, visions, thoughts, and other people. Our spirits are made in such a way that they can accurately pick out God’s voice from the rest of the voices out there. Our spirits are witnesses of God’s thoughts and intentions towards us. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:16) 

IS IT REALLY THAT SIMPLE? 

I know you may be wondering whether hearing God’s voice is actually as simple as we may make it seem. There are numerous questions that plague us when trying to figure out the source of our ideas. Sometimes every option we have seems noble and appropriate and it makes it difficult to determine what God wants for us. 

What are your personal experiences? How did you determine which job to take when you had great offers from two great companies? How did God you know your current choice of school was what God desired for you when you had equally good offers? 

Let’s hear from you. Leave your thoughts in the comment section. 

How Can We Effectively Partner With God?

Someone once told me that a team is as good as its weakest member/player. Meaning that no matter how good your best players are, your team can be vulnerable because of the inexperience of one player. There is some truth to that statement but on the flip side, when a team has enough strong members and a great level of cohesion between the members; every player’s strength would make up for the shortcoming of the other. Therefore whoever you have on your team is as important as your skillset. Everyone would want to have teammates that’ll make winning easier and not more difficult. So before you set out to play the game of life, pick God as your teammate. He can help us win in every aspect of life. Today we will explore just a few aspects of life where partnering with God, guarantees as a win.

IN YOUR FINANCES

People start business partnerships because it is an easy way to increase your pool of assets and your capital. Great partnerships have the potential to increase the rate of production and profits. How can we partner with God in our finances? The best way is to use his principles concerning the usage of money and resources. The Bible has principles regarding what kind of character traits lead to poverty and what attitudes lead to wealth. For instance, the Bible supports the ideology of diversification in investments. Investing in more than one venture is the hallmark of financial literacy. It has the propensity to increase your profits while reducing risks.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

Partnering with God in your financial journey would have him advise you on secrets and principles to progress in your business and the management of your personal wallet.

IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

Having spoken to so many people I realized that one of the greatest fears we have regarding romantic relationships is marrying the wrong person. Imagine:

  • becoming disillusioned just months after your wedding, realizing that your spouse wasn’t the perfect match for you.
  • struggling to be happy in a relationship with someone you’re convinced you to love dearly.
  • not being able to tolerate each other’s differences and finding it hard to forgive each other for your shortcomings

Many are the problems of relationships but partnering with God in your relationship would birth that unconditional love we crave. In letting God guide us, He would give us the wisdom to navigate through convoluted relationships. He would guide you in finding the right person and loving each other the way you should. Having God as your partner in relationships doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be challenges. The truth is, there are always challenges in relationships but with God, you will find the best solutions to them.

CAREER PATH

Sometimes choosing a career path can be extremely difficult. Especially when you’re not really sure of what your interests are. There are many people with this problem. Sometimes you feel as though the talents you have and what you are interested in pursuing as a career are not reconcilable. Other times you may feel like your desired career path is not the best option to take if your goal is to be financially secure. There are numerous hurdles associated with finding your purpose on earth but in order to know the perfect purpose of anything, you need to ask its inventor. When God is our partner, He would direct our steps to perfection.

As pointed out early on, partnering with God is simply the best way to be the best version of yourself. The fact that He created you implies that He knows what your strengths and weaknesses are. Therefore as your partner, He would complement your strengths and cover up your weaknesses. When this happens you would succeed in your endeavors.

Embrace Change For Growth And Success

Change can be difficult especially when it is unexpected. The COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, has been an unforeseen challenge for individuals, nations, and institutions. It forced everyone to readjust and re-strategize to survive. Change is not a bad thing though it may be hard to accept. One of the things that propel businesses to reach their desired heights is the fact that they’re not averse to change. For a business to grow and continue to be competitive, it needs to look forward to changing its strategies from time to time. Today, we would discuss the advantages of change for the health of your business. 

IT KEEPS CONSUMERS SATISFIED 

Some business organizations are very well acquainted with their consumers’ tastes and preferences. Because of this, they create a formula that is very much guaranteed to satisfy the demands of their consumers. This goes on for some time until the taste of consumers changes. When this happens, the company needs to study and find out what the new trend is and meet new expectations. This requires a change in formula and strategy. Therefore, to ensure success, your business must adapt to the change in trends and customers’ tastes.

CHANGE KEEPS YOU COMPETITIVE 

The business world is ruled by competition. Organizations that offer the same type of goods and services are battling for the same pool of consumers to make profits. Companies are always looking for new ways to outsell the other. Therefore,  if you want your business to have a competitive edge, you need to make sure you’re a step ahead of your competition.  And that happens, when you implement a change in your strategy. 

CHANGE MAKES EMPLOYEES INNOVATIVE 

One of the impediments to innovation in any organization is when conservatism is over-emphasized.  There is nothing wrong with sticking to traditional methods of operating your business when they are still effective. What isn’t prudent is when you insist on using old methods when there are new ones that are far more effective. When employees are allowed to use unconventional ways to solve problems, it increases their morale and creativity. A company that allows its employees to be innovative always thrives. 

CHANGE ATTRACTS ATTENTION  

It is very common to see and hear of a lot of businesses rebranding these days. It may be the change of a name, logo, company colors, etc. What this does is drawing people’s attention to the organization. It easily piques the interest of the masses and they would usually want to find out what the “new look” is all about.  Success is based on how well you can keep your customers entertained. 

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:(Ecclesiastes 3:1).  

It is not possible to experience growth without change. The very idea of growth suggests that there has been a shift, progress, or an increase.