Friday, August 22, 2014
2 Kings 4:3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. Elisha was not misleading the poor widow. He knew she was already in debt. Yet if she will get out of her condition of poverty she must recognize her condition, work around her limitation and improve her education. Her Condition: She was a debtor who was not doing anything about her debt until the creditors came. Are you like that? Do you wait until the examinations come before you begin to read? Do you have any plan for your future? You must change today, and start planning towards tomorrow. Her Limitations: She was a widow who had no job or any means of sustainable income. She wasn’t sure what she had in the house as self-pity was a lifestyle she had adopted. Elijah woke her up from her life of depressing contentment. He opened her eyes to the opportunities around. “You have oil but lack vessels. Go and look for more vessels. You don’t have the money to buy vessels now but you have the goodwill around you. Your neighbours friends and relatives are assets you have not tapped. Go to them, you will have enough vessels.” She went and she had a lot of vessels as a result. You too must recognize your limitations and work around them. You are surrounded by many untapped and unused blessings in form of your teachers, relatives and classmates who are ready to help if you will ask. Her Education: She obeyed Elisha, got the vessels, poured oil in them and eventually became an oil merchant. How did she know how to sell oil? She improved herself. Let every challenge you face today educate you. Be a student and a learner anywhere you may be. The secret of multiplication is education. Take advantage and the Lord will surprise you.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8 The secret of success is not a mystery after all. It consists of taking realistic steps with courage and confidence towards a specific goal. Success is not a game of luck or chance. You can only climb success ladder by being persuasive and persistent. Pessimistic and passive explorers easily give up the task of pursuit. They are not enthusiastic enough to persevere to the end. The passion needed to boost their enthusiasm and endure the hardship on the way to success is lacking in many students. On the other hand, success is sure for the saints who work for success. No man wins a battle he has no courage to fight. Success eludes the fearful and doubtful whose disposition is downbeat to life’s adventures. You must be like Joshua and develop confidence to pursue your goal. The beautiful thing about it all is that God will stand by you and help you to succeed. What a beautiful partnership! Go for it today.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1Corinthians 15: 58). Success is built up day by day as you consistently and conscientiously do your work bit by bit. To be steadfast and systematic in doing your work is a proven strategy of success. Take a clue from the scriptures that says, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28: 10). Success begins with the achievement of small tasks and one task at a time. A little achievement of today together with that of tomorrow will eventually sum up to be a huge success on your part. Take for instance, you may not be able to read a three hundred page book and be thorough in a single day. You may not learn many Mathematical concepts and do all the exercises in your textbook in a day. You can however break down the work into portions that are convenient for you to do at a time. If you are consistent and conscientious in carrying out the duty, you will soon discover that the seemingly impossible task is done. Your success is within your reach if you will follow the laid down strategy. Do not allow a day to pass without achieving something worthwhile and tangible on your success goals. Make sure you do your work carefully and diligently without rushing through at any time. Be cautious of time drains that may rob you of great opportunities that God gives you from time to time. Learn to do your work thoroughly bit by bit on a daily basis. Be sure that you are building on your past achievements day by day and be consistent in laboring for success.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain (1Corinthians 9: 24) One crucial prerequisite for success is passion. This is a God-given innate potential in you that drives you on in spite of any difficulty. As a student, you have this latent power to do great things if you care to stir it up. No student can achieve anything substantial in his studies without passion. Great achievers of old are people of great ardour. It is zeal for excellence that makes an athlete to wake up in the early hours of the day to practice in cold weather. Passion explains why exceptional students despise social gatherings and relaxation centres to concentrate on studying. Passion will make students to be enthusiastic, conscientious and persistent in pursuit of success without minding any obstacle. Excitement will make you to study hard without feeling the rigour. Passion for success must make you to burn candles in the night to read and study for excellent performance. Students who lack passion for progress will always remain in the zone of mediocrity. Students who are driven by enthusiasm will not lack the courage to climb up the ladder of success. The top is always the aim of students are ambitious. There is nothing anybody can really attain by being passive and pessimistic. Passion is the driving force through which champions thrive. Every student who aspires for success in life must be passionate in his academic pursuit.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The poor get poorer, and the rich get richer, when it comes to wisdom. If you choose a foolish or stubborn approach to life, God will make sure you get what you deserve – folly. If instead you are wise and prudent, God will give you more knowledge. Prudent men know what to do in most situations. They are careful, cautious, and discreet. They take advantage of life’s opportunities, and they steer clear of traps. They are successful and honored in life. They avoid the failure, pain, and trouble that foolish men must endure, who either miss or destroy opportunities and fall into many hurtful snares.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Dr. E. Stanley Jones once said... "I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath--these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely--these are my native air. A John Hopkins University doctor says, 'We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact.' But I, who am simple of mind, think I know; we are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality." Worry is focusing on your problems and issues in life. Meditation is focusing on scriptures will bury and kick all the worries that bog you down. Don't forget: Where you focus your mind is completely your choice. So why focus on your problems when you can focus on God?
I once heard this funny story... An old couple was sitting by the fireside. He looked over at her, had a romantic thought, and said, "After fifty years, I've found you tried and true." The wife's hearing wasn't very good, so she said, "What?" He repeated, "After fifty years, I've found you tried and true." "After fifty years, I'm tired of you too," she replied. I hope the story made you smile and laugh. It's a good way to start your day. Seriously though, I would like to point out to you today is this... God's Word has been tried and true. Unfortunately, despite of countless testimonies we've heard, miracles over miracles, victories over victories about God's limitless power, we still struggle to allow God to move in our lives. We're trying to control the steering wheel of our lives instead of letting it go and let God's hand be in control. The key to a victorious living is to constantly remind yourself of God's love, mercy, and grace. You do this by constantly meditating God's word or your memory verse. Studying, meditating the Scripture has an immense power and only those who are doing it can experience the power. Look, you don't have to believe everything that I'm saying. But you ought to try it and see if what I'm saying is true or not. Take Studying, meditating the scripture as part of your Christian life and move to a higher level of faith. Again, if you're not meditating God's Word, you're meditating someone else words. You decide.