Monday, 30 September 2013

APPRECIATE RIGHT NOW!!



How often do you hear people speak about their futures and what they will do, and where they will be, when things work out the way they want them to? How often do you speak or think about it? About that day, when everything will be perfect? Friend, you are not the only one wanting things to be perfectly in place and working out well, there are literally billions of people all around the world, across boundary lines like language, nationality, skin tone, social and economic standing, religious beliefs and political persuasions, who wants exactly the same thing. All or most people want things to go well, from the mother who just gave birth to a new-born, to a CEO of a billion dollar company, from a farmer to presidents, from students to professors, all want things to go well and work out perfectly, even you!!

And, because all people want things to be just right, most work very hard to try and bring about that "just right." They rise up early, stay up late, work long hours and rest very little, because they want to succeed at making things just right. And do you blame them? After all, who else is trying to make their dreams happen, who else is putting in long hours to help them succeed, who else is helping you? If they stop trying now, if you stop trying now, trying to succeed at accomplishing your "just right," who will do it for you? Who will rise up early and stay up late, to make your dreams a reality? Who will work long, hard hours, to make things just right for you? Who will? Do you have a name pop in your head? Do you have a dream chaser, working to make your dreams happen? Or is everyone else, just too busy trying to do it for themselves, just like you, they rise up early and stay up late, because they are also chasing their own dreams, just like you, they too are trying to make things just right.


Don’t you wish you were like Goldilocks, where you could just walk right into a place, where you can find your “just right,” your “perfect,” already prepared and laid out for you, ripe for the taking? Who wouldn’t want that “perfectly prepared just right” laid out for their taking? Who wouldn’t? No effort on your part, no sweat or tears of frustration. No long hours, no early mornings and late nights. Just a perfectly prepared dream reality, where everything is in place, and exactly the way you want it to be? You can just take it and move on, like Goldilocks just found her just right, and moved and found another “just right,” ripe for her to take and indulge in. All people want that.


That is exactly the reason why all, or most people, work so hard, they want what Goldilocks found. They want their “just right” and, because no-one else is working hard to make it happen for them, they work long, and sometimes hard and difficult hours, to bring about their perfect. Friends, there is nothing wrong with chasing your dreams or trying to achieve your “just right,” but sometimes, your hard work can be a little too hard. I am all for people who are achieving much, and seeing their dreams happen, I love good success, and I celebrate those who accomplish their “just right.” But let us take a moment, and let us forget about Goldilocks, and let’s take a look at the three bears. Where did that “just right” porridge come from? Mama Bear made it. She took her time to prepare it, and to make it “just right.” Let’s look at that little “just right” chair Goldilocks sat on. Who made it? Papa Bear made it. He took the wood, prepared it, and he made it “just right.” Let’s take a look at that “just right” bed Goldilocks slept on. Who made it so comfortable? Baby Bear rose early in the morning (when all baby bears arose) and he made his baby bed “just right,” like his Bear-mommy taught him. So when we take a really close look at Goldilocks’ “just right,” we can see, there was effort involved. A little sweat from the heat of the stove, where the porridge was prepared, and an early morning when Baby Bear arose to make his bed “just right.” Friend, there is another valuable lesson to learn from these three bears. Yes, they rose early, yes they worked and put in a little effort, and yes, each one had their own to-do-list in order to make things "just right," but they also made a very good effort to make time for each other. They went for a little walk as a family, to appreciate and enjoy each other.

The valuable lesson is, that in all your work, effort and endeavors, to make your just right happen, do make time for those you love and care for. After all, there is more to living than just hard work.

“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil –this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NIV)



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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

HAPPINESS WITHOUT COST!!


How popular is the belief, that in order for one to be happy, one must pay a price for that happiness? Where did it come from? Whose idea is that? Why must anyone pay a price for happiness, and to whom should that price be paid? And what is that price? What is the cost of happiness?

Friends, there are strong persuasions, and very strong beliefs, among people concerning this issue, that a price must be paid, in order for you, or anybody, to be happy. What is that price, and what is the cost of happiness? I know, you may know people who are persuaded of this thing, that in order for someone to be happy a price must be paid. Once again, where did this idea come from? Who is the originator and root of this belief? Is it God, or is it man, who came up with this nonsense? I call it nonsense friends, because there is no reason, and that is no righteous reason, why anybody with a pure heart and righteous character, need or should, pay a price to anyone, for happiness. If your heart is pure and you love righteousness, then in the Kingdom or Domain of Righteousness, Light and Holy Justice (Justice, free and completely separate from evil), happiness is due to you. If you are not living your life, seeking the unjust destruction, and/or devastation of innocent people (lifeforms), then be happy and enjoy your life to the full, it is your right, because happiness, does not belong to anybody!! Happiness is something, that is created by individuals themselves, or by groups of beings, or by mere coincidence. I know, a lot of you reason, that God is the Source of happiness, well friends, God is the Creator of a lot of things, that make you and other people happy. God created your body, and as a result, you have the ability to enjoy a lot of God-created things, that make you happy, but that does not translate, that you must pay a price to God for those things. (Unless you have entered into such an agreement with God, because people can- that said, be careful, because God always collects).

Hand in hand with the belief, that some price must be paid for happiness, is the persuasion, that the name of the currency, is “suffering.” The greater the expectation of happiness, the greater the expectation in a lot of people, that you will suffer greatly for that happiness to become a reality. One common saying among people is, that “You must suffer for your beauty.” In other words, ‘For you to be beautiful and happy, you will suffer to get it.’ So the price you pay to gain beauty, is suffering. People do not believe this just about beauty, no, they believe it about a whole truckload of things. That belief, is what makes people so accepting and tolerant, of difficulty or struggle, and hardship, whenever they are doing their best to get something of value, which will be a blessing or benefit to them. They believe, that suffering, is part of the process of getting the victory, or that suffering, is the price they must pay to get that joy and victory. Yes, they also believe, that the suffering is temporary, and so they accept it, with the expectation of course, that they will get the price at the end, after they had paid the price of suffering. Some even believe, that in order for them to get to heaven, they need to suffer here on earth to gain access. Others believe, the more they suffer here on earth, the greater their reward in heaven, after they die.

Friends, I have some news for you, and it does not involve paying the price of suffering, to gain anything from God. If you want beauty, ask God for it, God created you, and He said, that He will “give” you beauty.

“The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me.., to give to them beauty.” (Isaiah 61)

If you believe, that you are not beautiful, then trade your ashes for beauty. Ask God to take your unattractive and give you beauty, without cost and without price.

More than that, the only basic, and that is really basic, requirement of God is, that you must believe in GOD. Believe that God do exist, and that He said, that He will not withhold any good thing from you, if you live uprightly. Now for some, living uprightly, may sound like paying a price, in order to gain or get stuff from God, but I am telling you the Truth, the just will not harm or destroy the innocent, or hate their neighbour without cause. The just will never willingly withhold good, from those to whom it is due, when it is in their power to act, the just will love peace, and will live peacefully among those, who are like-minded. And that friend, is love for what is right and good. Now what is wrong with that?

Friend, if you are one of the people who believe, that you must pay the price of suffering, in order for you to be happy, or in order for God to approve of, or favour you, then today is the day, for you to kick that idea and persuasion, to the curb. Reject it, and along with it, reject any kind of suffering or difficulty, which tries to justify its presence in your life, with the excuse, that you must suffer to be happy or that God justly requires it of you. It is My just decree, that in order for any just individual, to live a good and happy life, all you need to do, is understand, that happiness in the Kingdom of Righteousness, is without cost and without price. And if any requires a price of you, whether it be man, spirit, or any force or power, tell them:

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favour and honour; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Psalm 84:11 NIV)


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Monday, 23 September 2013

THE SECRET TO TRUE HAPPINESS!!


All people want to be happy, but the question is: ARE ALL PEOPLE HAPPY? If the answer is yes, good for them, but if the answer is no, then why is it no? 



Friends, reality is, that not all people are happy, just look around you, you don’t even need to look very far, look to the left, look the right, is your neighbour happy? 

I consider that most, or really all people, desire to be happy, a very large number of people are trying to be happy, but very few, actually are happy. You may be one of the very few who are happy, and if you are, then good for you. But if you are in the majority group, where there are a lot of unhappy people, who desire to be happy, yet they are not happy, let’s take a little journey to true happiness then. Number One: Why are you not happy? You know yourself, and I consider, that you are wise enough to recognize those things or that thing, that is making you unhappy, and sometimes, that thing is a person. Well, if you can identify that source of unhappiness, or that thing, that is making your life difficult, then ask yourself, “What can I do, to get rid of that source of unhappiness, or this troublesome thing?" Again, it can be anything, from a toothache, to a stomach-ache, to being overweight and not wanting to be, it can be an illness, or even a person making you unhappy. It can even be, that you, do not have a good job or a decent income, it can be anything. The important thing is, that you know and can identify it, so you can decide, whether or not you will do something about it. Some people know why they are not happy, they know the source of their unhappiness, but they do not want to change those things. They just want to complain. How do I know that? Friend, I say that, because a lot of unhappy people, want to talk about their unhappiness, and complain, and complain even more, but when it comes to them having to actually do something about it, they want to take a backseat. I am really not interested in a bunch of complainers, who can get rid of their unhappiness or the source of it, but who are too lazy, or too much of a diva to lift a finger to improve their own circumstances, relationships, and life. Some people just want to complain, and are not willing to lift a finger to better their own lives; such people are like leeches, sucking on the strength of others, unwilling to help themselves.

Sometimes all you need to do, is choose to be happy, it may sound simple, but I tell you, it is powerful. This is a very basic solution, for those who are done complaining, and who are willing to fight for their own happiness. Friends, if you want good things on earth, there are a lot of times, when you will have to fight for those things. If you’ve ever read the Bible, you would’ve seen, how God, made promises to people, but He did not just hand stuff to people. No, God took them out of their comfort zones, into some new, even uncomfortable zones, and He did that, to make His promises a reality. He promised David that he would become king of Israel, but for that promise to become a reality, David had to fight a Goliath. David had to leave his father’s house, and the place where he was comfortable, in order to see that promise happen. A lot of times God will do the same thing to you, he will shake you out of your comfort zone, and give you a Goliath to face, but what may look like a challenge to you now, is really a steppingstone to a new level of victory. You need to understand, that things which irritate you, are there to irritate you for a reason, and you need to step up to face it, just like David did. David chose to face that giant problem named Goliath, he chose to NOT RUN AWAY from that giant irritation, and he chose to FIGHT TO WIN. Friend, I assure you, that Goliath was a very real threat to David, and also a very real opportunity. You may know, that the thing or things making you unhappy, are very real threats, and really troublesome, but it is also an opportunity for you, to face that challenge head on, and get rid of it. God empowered David to slay Goliath, and God can help you, to get rid of that thing irritating you. It can be anything that steals your happiness, and sucks the joy out of your life. It can be as simple as going to a doctor, to get that nagging pain checked out, or divorcing that abusive husband. Believe me, you are not honouring God when a man is beating you up for nothing. It can be making that choice, to start looking for a better job, and getting out of the poverty hold (and remember to pay your tithes APPLY TODAY FOR GOD'S FAVOUR TO GIVE YOU A JOB OR OPEN A NEW DOOR OF EMPLOYMENT WITH A BETTER SALARY!!), it can be stepping away from laziness, and beginning to exercise and eating healthier, after all, God gave you muscles and moving body parts for a reason, move them!!



Your choices can improve your own happiness, the secret friend, is to choose happy, choose good, and reject unhappy and bad. You are not powerless, your choice is something really powerful, and choosing the right thing, will make a very big difference in your own life.


“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits- Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, Who satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:2-5 NIV)
If God is giving you good things, to improve your life with, then be mindful friend, to walk with God, and make choices which will continue, to only bring good things into your life. God created you, and more than your friends, or any other person on earth, God knows what is best for you.



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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

STAND UP!!


Hi friends, you are a human being and you were born with the will and desire to be better and to accomplish things. Remember when you were young, not yet able to speak, but you had the drive to succeed. You were born not yet strong enough or able to walk, yet at the first opportunity you pulled yourself from the ground and stood up. You could not even talk, yet you took a stand, you could not even walk, yet you decided to stand up.

Friends, how often do you look at circumstances or situations you find yourself in and give up just because they seem too overwhelming to overcome? What happened to you? What happened to the winner in you? What happened to your drive to succeed and accomplish your heart’s desire? You see friend when you were a baby, not yet able to walk or talk, you had a dream, a vision and a desire you pursued. You wanted to walk, but you were not strong enough yet, but you in your little baby mind chose to not give up. You took your little baby arms, grabbed a hold of something with your little baby hands and pulled yourself from the ground up and were able to stand up. No, you could not walk or even run yet, but you took a stand. You could not even stand for very long without something or someone supporting you, but you did not give up, because you had a plan in your little baby mind: your plan was walking. You could not even take a simple step, but you had a plan and a will to succeed. You fell on your bum many times, but that didn’t keep you from rising again. So many times people give up after they failed to make a dream a reality. So many times people feel like, “What’s the use? I tried before and failed, so why try again?” Friends, sometimes all you need to do is to try again, rise again, and stand up again.

You were born with the will and drive to succeed, and you have an inbuilt force driving you to not give up. Listen to it, dream again and try again. I believe all people do have their own dreams, and yes, your dreams may mean nothing to your neighbour, but to you they are the world. You see as a child you had a dream to walk and after many, many failed attempts you finally saw your dream came true, you walked. You see friend, even in your trying to succeed, in trying to walk there was a purpose and something significant was happening to you.
With each failed attempt your legs grew stronger, every time you rose from the ground muscles were developing and you developed balance. All your failed attempts were part of a process developing you in ways you would not have developed if you had given up and stopped trying. If you had stopped trying to walk your muscles would have stayed weak, unable to support your weight, but with each new attempt those legs grew stronger and stronger. Each time you picked yourself up you discovered balance, because you had to keep your body from tumbling over, developing your core muscles and all these are needed when you walk, both balance and strong legs. You see friend sometimes the way to success is unpredictable, but you can succeed. Sometimes all you need is to try again and in your try again you are developing something really important you will need in order for you to succeed. God created you and He created your mind and ability to dream and think for yourself. God wants you to succeed.

“Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.” (Psalm 125:4 NIV)

“Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:9)

Friends, God wants you to not give up, God wants you to be strong and courageous. Do not be discouraged, dust yourself off and stand up!!


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Thursday, 12 September 2013

WHEN PASSION CAN GET IT FOR YOU!!


Hi friends, what do you want? How bad do you want it? Is it something good? Do you deserve it? I know a lot of people would pause at the last question: Do you deserve it? Because whether people believe or know that they deserve that good or not they still want it. The truth is no matter what people are really like, most or all of them, believe or at the least “think” they are good people. Yes, even the jerks of the world do on some level believe or think that they are “kinda good.”

That is what my point about passion is about, that whether people are jerks or not, if people get really passionate about something they will do the best they can to get that good thing, whether they deserve it or not (and that is why there are a whole lot of financially rich jerks in the world, a person can be passionate about anything and money does not discriminate, but this is not about money).
 
No, friends this is about passion, passion to get it. Think about it, ever loved someone of the opposite sex, really wanting them to love you or be with you? Have you ever felt that feeling of your world being totally consumed by the presence or existence of “your” special person who just makes your day brighter and better just because they are in it? Have you ever felt passionate about someone you really just wanted in your life for the rest of your life? Well friend if you have ever had such an overwhelming persuasion rooted in feeling and emotions then you know the exact opposite of passion, and that is lust. Lust is rooted in feeling and emotion, but passion is rooted in knowledge and knowing. I say that, because passion does not end, but lust does. Passion is firm and strong, but feelings and emotions are fleeting and changes all the time. That is why people who claim to be passionately in love can cheat on those very same people with someone else, because they are really passionately in lust and lust is unfaithful and unreliable. Lust has an appetite that cannot be satisfied or fed to satisfaction. You see friends, what many people claim to be passionate about they just really lust after, to satisfy a feeling or physical desire they have, it has nothing to do with real passion.

Real passion is rooted in knowledge and understanding. The reason I said earlier that there are a whole lot of rich jerks out there in the world is because the rich jerks are passionate about money. They do not merely lust after money, no, they are passionate about money, they are firmly persuaded that money is a good thing and that money can get you other good things which can make your life on earth easier, better and more pleasant. They are fully persuaded that money can do a lot of good and in them having that money their lives will be filled with a lot of good things. You see friend, even though there are a lot of rich jerks on earth, not all of them are stupid or ignorant, no they understand the true value of money and they made choices to get themselves into positions to get that money.
They carefully thought it through, considered how they can position themselves to get that money, because if you know anything you will know that money is always moving and if you want money you must move to where the money is; sitting in one place won’t get you anywhere. A lot of people will tell you about their passion for this and their passion for that, but the question is ‘Just how passionate are you really?’ Because real passion won’t let you sit in one spot all your life, no, real passion will move you, real passion will inspire you to change and do something. Even if you are passionate about another person you want in your life, real passion will move you to get that person. And friend real passion is not unrealistic, unreasonable or harmful. No, real passion is calculated, careful and precise, because true passion wants to succeed. True passion will inspire you to be creative and think, like God, live outside the box, not in it. True passion will turn you into a champion and champions are winners, and winners win, passion will get you the prize.

That is passion for you, a true and complete commitment to succeed at accomplishing your heart’s desire. True passion can get it for you. After all true passion is something you must have within yourself, someone else cannot have your passion inside of them. You must have your own passion, yes I can inspire you, but I cannot be passionate for you. I can keep your passion alive, but I cannot be passionate for you. I can wake your passion, but I cannot be passionate for you. Remember friend, God created you as an individual, your own person, you have your own brain and your own energy, you also have your own passions, whether they are alive and kicking or not, they are there. Your passion is strong and very capable, it will pick you up when you feel down, and it won’t rely on your feelings, because it is stronger than emotion. Your passion will bring the best out of you and drive you to be the best that you can possibly be and that is why it is so important to live a passionate life. Friend, if you use your passion use it for good, because God won’t forget your deeds and pursuits.

“Return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.” (Hosea 12:6 NIV)

If you must be passionate be passionate about justice, learn to love again.


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Monday, 9 September 2013

YOU CAN MAKE IT!!


Friends, there are all kinds of questions in people’s minds and one question right on the forefront of them all is: “Will I make it?” or “Will I succeed?” Most people will not say it out loud, but the majority of them are wondering if they will make it or whether they will succeed. “Will this relationship work?” or “Will this marriage work out?” or “Will I beat this sickness?” The “Will I make it?” is a question most people carry with them every day of their lives and most days they really want to make it and do want things to go well for them.

Friend, truth is you can make it, and it may not happen today or right this second, but it can happen. The idea that you have that you can succeed is prove enough that you want to make it. It can get rough some times and at times it may look like “It’s just not going to happen,” but remember “Quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit.” Today your challenges may look like they are too great to overcome, but friend take your eyes off of your challenges and look at where you want to be. Sometimes people might say you should just look away from your troubles for a moment and look at it from a different angle, and sometimes it is useful, but I say, “Only look at your troubles for a moment, keep your eyes on the prize and do your best to get the crown.” Your crown may be a better marriage, a better job, owning your own home, finishing your studies or marrying the person of your dreams. If you stay focused and do your best with each step you take, you can make it happen. Reality is if your heart is pure and your motives are just that you will get great opposition on your way to get the winner’s crown. In the world we live good guys do not always finish first and the just do not always win, but friend if you stay focused and do your best you can make it.

It is true that we are living in a world where good is considered bad and bad is celebrated, and that is because there are a whole lot of people who are just not children of the light, by choice. But friends if your focus is right you can rise above the darkness of the world and above the naysayers and haters of the right, and you can succeed, you can make it. Forget about the messages of the world saying that you need to pay a price to get the winner’s crown, friend, all you need is integrity. I know for most people “integrity” is a pretty big word, because usually it means you have to make hard choices and honour yourself, and the integrity of your character. But friend, the world we live in is a world filled with liars, deceivers and all kinds of backstabbers. People who will do everything to get the winner’s crown, but in the process they lose themselves and most never recover. Doing your best to get the good you want involves being strong enough to say no when you need to and yes when you should. Integrity is about standing your ground and not backing down, even if you are standing alone. Making it is you doing your best to be your best, whether it is in your marriage, job, home, family, school or wherever your feet may take you. Friends, remember, not everyone wants you to make it, not everyone wants to see you be happy and successful. There are those who want you to give up and fail, there are those who conspire against you, some are close to you others are not known to you, but there are always forces out there trying to ruin those with dreams to succeed. Those forces are not always human, but they are there and do exist. The way they get people to quit is by telling lies, and deceiving them into believing that the lie is truth and the truth is a lie, but friend do not listen to ideas or words or thoughts telling you to give up, because you can make it. They want you to quit even without trying.

Lift your head and stay in your right mind, your right mind that says, ”You can make it. You can succeed.” Forget about the critics, because all they want is to break you down, never to build you up (That is when you do the right thing). Listen to the words that build you and strengthen you, reject the counsel of your enemies and honour those of your friends (Friends who stand by you even when things are tough or hard –those who turn their backs on you when things are hard for you are not your friends).

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands, drawn up against me on every side.” (Psalm 3:5-6 NIV)

Friend, it is important to keep it fresh in your mind that even God is saying and acknowledging that there are forces which are against you, but remember to not fear those forces, just be awake and just be aware of them.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Psalm 23:5)


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