Monthly Archives: June 2015

BEING A WORTHY EXAMPLE

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”  

People can never be biblical leaders and truly mature until they come to realize that God has called them to be examples to others. As the Lord Jesus pointed out, “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher”(Luke 6:40)

Every child of God is called to be a role model for the world to copy. It is the responsibility of believers to reproduce themselves in others by their good works. This is the purpose of our calling. Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto Good works, which God hath ordained that we should walk in them.” Being an example places on us awesome responsibility because everything you do is a statement. Being an example makes you a pathfinder, and a positive pace-setter for others in life. In our opening text, we see Paul instructing Timothy as to his obligations. Paul charges him to “be an example to the believers..” Also, in Titus 2:1-15, we can infer that Titus is being encouraged to be an example and to teach others to be godly example.

Timothy and Titus are not the only people expected to be examples but every born again child of God is to follow the example of Christ to be fully qualified as a Christian who can also lead other Christians. Therefore we must prove to others that we are real and genuine in our conduct, our interactions, our speeches, our attitude and in all manner of our conversations.

 

One of the dynamics of true living is influence. In life, you are either influencing people or people are influencing you. Your lifestyle makes a louder statement than what you say. If you say you are a believer in Christ; is your character portraying the life of Christ to influence others to desire Christ? If we teach our children about loving God, loving others and the importance of assembling ourselves with other believers to worship, grow and minister to others (Hebrew 10:24-25) do we demonstrate the reality of this by doing same ourselves?

Do we teach our children the principle of being on time, of doing all things decently and in order? Then are we constantly late to church ourselves? Do our children often miss church because we are so disorganised that we are unable to make it? Action speaks louder than words. When we put into practice the positive virtues we teach our children, they become positive influence to their peers and to their generation. Only positive examples are recognised in the kingdom.

Your relevance in life is on the basis of your exemplary lifestyle in the kingdom, in your family and in the society at large. Do you want a book of remembrance to be opened for you in heaven? It is your positive impact and influence on others that will determine this. Therefore dare to be a worthy example of a believer.

PRAYER

1.Dear Lord, make me a positive example of a believer. Let my lifestyle bring glory to your name in Jesus name.

2.After the order of Ahitophel, turn the counsel of all my conspirators into foolishness in Jesus name.

PROSPERITY BY THE SPIRIT

Then he answered and spake unto me saying. This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubabel, saying not by might or by power, but my spirit saith the Lord of hosts.”

                                                                                    Zechariah 4:6

A man’s strength can never lift him. It is God that lifts a man. We live in a world where people are striving, struggling to make ends meet. Some work so hard with nothing to show for their hard work; some even involve themselves in ungodly practices in order to make it. But a child of God ought not go through as much to be lifted.. None can amount to anything in until God lifts him. The prosperity of the church is not by who they know but by the spirit of the grace of God upon the church.

Prosperity is divine; it has been set forth in motion by God; it is ordained of God. It is supernatural. It is in operation in the life of every child of God. Financial prosperity is not the only form of prosperity that God wills for us. He wants us to enjoy solid loving relationships, He wants our children to prosper and He wants us to be healthy(3 John1:2 ) If things are going well on your job, you’re prosperous. If your ideas and ventures are materializing, then you are prosperous. You can prosper in everything that you do, touch and speak.

There is a spiritual prosperity that God wishes to manifest in our lives.  He wants us to be enriched bountifully with the wisdom of God. His wish is that we are filled with the knowledge of His will. He wants us to have wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9-10). When you are facing a dilemma that requires a wise decision, you do not need prosperity in the form of money, you need wisdom from God. You need a Word of knowledge.  As we strive to reach a point where we are increasing materially, we need to strive to increase in the knowledge of God.  If we are filled with the knowledge of His will, then we know that He wants us to prosper in whatsoever we undertake.

 

All the riches in the world belong to God. Your job can determine your salary, but it has no determination on your income.  God will add to your salary and prosper you in ways that you never imagined. You may look to your boss for your salary, but you must look to God for your income.  You may be making minimum wage but God will bless you on all avenues, coming in and going out. Your income from God will far exceed your salary.

Where do you stand therefore, to enjoy prosperity by the spirit of God? First, you must make up your mind to promote Jesus and His kingdom. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32) your motives, your priorities and your relationship must be right with God in order to enjoy divine prosperity. God is granting you divine lifting today and no power can bring you down in Jesus name.

PRAYER

  1.  Father I thank you for the superior power bestowed upon me to lift me above all forms of opposition in Jesus name.

2.   I pull down every barrier standing against the lifting of the name of Jesus in my life in Jesus name.

 

SUCCEEDING ON THE JOB

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”

                                                                                                              Proverbs 18: 

God is interested in the work you do; He’s also interested in how you do it. The truth is, your prospects for the future are determined by your work ethic. When it comes to having a work ethic, ‘Go to the ant, consider its ways and be wise.’ These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principle for living. Observe three things about them:

The ant has no commander, no overseer or ruler(Proverbs 6:7). Nobody has to get it out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving. Nobody supervises its work or enforces quality standards on it. Nobody needs to micromanage its time on the job or make sure it starts punctually. It’s self-motivated and driven by its own high standards, not by rules, regulations or the fear of being fired.   2)It stores its provision in summer and gathers its food at harvest(Proverbs 6:8). While everybody else is complaining about the heat(the weather, economy etc) the hardworking ant just keep preparing for the future. It continues gathering disregarding the conditions. Then while others are struggling to survive, it feasts on the fruits of its labour.

If you want to succeed on the job, you must cultivate the act of diligence. Bible says that diligence is precious (Proverbs 12:27) because it’s hard to find. Diligent workers are worth their wages. In God’s system, the boss should profit by you and you should profit by him. Indeed diligent people plan to be profitable employees. Do you want to prosper? See that your employer prospers. Diligence is what will get you promoted. In God’s economy, you determine whether you become a ruler or slave by how hard you’re willing to work.   Lazy employees complain about everything; they want the privileges others get but they’re not willing to work for them. But the diligent gets the satisfaction of a job well done, a reputation for integrity, the trust of others, job security, profit, promotion and most importantly the Master’s “Well done”

Another Bible characteristic to acquire for job success is thoughtfulness. Good employers and supervisors make it their business to know the needs, strengths, weaknesses, potential and motivational levels of their workers. As a result, employee sick time is reduced and morale improved. A pay increase isn’t always the best motivator. Sometimes your thoughtfulness, understanding and interest in your employees are a more powerful motivator.

Respect and care invites cooperation, makes allies, not adversaries of employees and employers, and brings out the best in everybody. If you’re an employee, speak well of your boss, honour him or her and submit to their authority(Romans 13:1-7) If you can’t, say nothing and look for another job otherwise you’ll be judged for undermining them. In the parable of the talents, Jesus said that the workers who took care of the boss’s interests were rewarded richly. Yes God will honour you for respecting even a difficult boss.

PRAYER

  1. Lord, I thank you for this new month of June and all your provisions in my life including the wonderful job you’ve provided for me in Jesus name.
  2. Oh Let every tree of profitless hard labour be uprooted and destroyed from my life in Jesus name.