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Two Keys To A Sure Promotion   Leave a comment

Promotion is very important in the life of people. To remain on the same level for long is not a thing to be desired in that it becomes a routine and boring. It does not even bring honor and glory.

There is nothing to celebrate in stagnation.

If you are promoted, your life will improve and it will bring along with it honor and glory.

One sure thing is that promotion does not come on a platter of gold. There are conditions that attract it. If you meet them, promotion will surely come your way. To save time and space, let me put them into two questions.

Question One.
What do you work for?
I read a story many years ago that can help you to answer the above question and make necessary changes.

Now, the story.

Two Gardners were employed on the same day in the same corporation. Twenty years after, one of them, named “B”, became the Chief Executive Officer of that Corporation.

It was “A” who narrated the story; he was still working as a Gardner in that same place of work.

When his interviewer asked him the reasons for the promotion of “B” and his remaining as a Gardner . His reply was,
” “B” worked for the corporation but I worked for my pay (wages) only. ”

Can you picture any difference between the two? Did “B” deserve his promotion? Did “A” deserve remaining on the same level?

Which one do you want, promotion or stagnation?

If you are the type who work for the money or gain, you are an hindrance to your own promotion. What do you want after your pay? Then, you must pay for it.

Every corporation will pay attention to any employee who work for it because such staff member loves his employer and seeks her welfare. Such employer will look for opportunities to compensate a worker with hardwork.

A common complaint of a lazy or stagnant worker is “What is my salary or wages?” Or “What am I earning? The working hours are over, I cannot work any extra hours except they can convert it to cash.”

These and other such complaints come from him. No wonder many workers agitate always for “a pay rise”. A question that should be asked is “Do they deserve it?”

I am not against any demand for a pay increase. Certain employers are exploiters. They never think of compensating hardworking staff. Workers should agitate for their entitlements.

To be promoted, work hard for your employers and seek their good.

Question two.
Who do you work for?
Besides what you work for, you must iron out “who you work for”. What am I saying? You must answer the question, are you working for man or the Lord?

To work for man is to receive your rewards from man. You must note that man is limited, his resources are finite. His power is limited. Man also can easily forget your past and current good deeds. He may even appreciate them but lacks the means of rewarding you accordingly.

On the other hand, if you work in any capacity for the Lord, you stand a great chance to gain what you never planned or expected.

Reasons?

Read what the Scriptures reveal about the Lord,
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof ; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Psalm 24:1; Ephesians 3:20.

When you work for the Lord, you will have rest of mind. Your work becomes stress free. You will experience peace of God.

Register this in your heart as the Scriptures confirms,
“It is vain for you to rise up early to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows:
For so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2.

Note that what obtains as an employee holds as a self-employed man. Be more interested in making a good name than in making money. Your goodwill will attract cash, sooner or later.

Do you desire promotion from the Lord? Do you want Him to elevate you? Now and forever, do everything “…as unto the Lord,” and He will surely reward you with great promotions you never think of.
Stay blessed and rapturable, the Lord is coming soon.

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Hatred And Enmity Begins At Different Stages Of Life.   Leave a comment

People’s hearts are filled by the common enemy of mankind, Satan, the Devil, at different times, stages or levels and for various reasons.
This gives rise to once intimate friends becoming sworn enemies.

Stage One.
At this stage, there are people older and more powerful than you who hate your being alive. This type of people will do anything within their power to ensure that you cease to exist. Although you look ordinary and powerless but your existence is a threat to them. They just hate you for reasons best known to them no matter how wrong their reasons are.

An example of this hatred was the one exhibited by King Herod when Jesus Christ was born. He could not withstand seeing “another king” in the land of Israel when he was on the throne. He didn’t know Jesus kingship goes beyond Herod’s territory.

He hated Jesus and did not want Him to live.

If you have such people around you, the Lord will protect you from them.

Stage Two.
At this stage, there are people who do not bother much about your living SO LONG you do not amount to anybody or anything. They want you to be “half alive”. If possible they want you to be “a living corpse” walking about.

They are comfortable with you if you are like this forever: unable to feed yourself, unmarried, unemployed or working like a slave. As a “captive” they will not fail to assist you that you may live. Living like a beggar satisfies them.

King Achis said that David, in his troubles, will serve him forever. Laban was also in this group. He wanted Jacob to live but to serve him without making provisions for his own house.

Stage Three.
At this stage, certain people will be comfortable even if you have all the basic necessities of life. They are in love with you if you enjoy basic amenities but not up to their own standard.

At the time of writing this piece, a man in his sixties said his step brother will not want to have anything to do with him because this man visited the step brother in his own car.

He was uncomfortable with this man’s progress. This type of people usually accuse the upcoming person of imaginary or real offences. They will do anything to pull others down.
If he is a junior worker, the boss will resist his promotion.

Stage Four.
People in this group are comfortable seeing someone below them attaining to their level or status. At this stage, no complaint or grumbling.

However, anytime he wants to excel their status, they become uncomfortable. Trouble will begin and restlessness will set in.

At this point, “pull him down” syndrome will become the order of the day. They either work hard to pull him down to their level or below theirs. They will read pride in his words and deeds.

They will not hesitate to wage any war against him.
Must this be so?

This group forget that the person going up, if supported, can pull them up to his new position or above. This will also change their stagnant status out of which they have no way of moving to the next level.

Stage Five.
The Rare People. This is an uncommon group. They are No-Room-For-Hatred people. They are Real and complete lovers. Members of this group are forever comfortable irrespective of other people’s elevation above them.

Jonathan, the son of King Saul, loved so much that instead of desiring to be king after his father’s demise, he told his friend that he, David, will surely become king in Israel and he was ready to be deputy.

How many people can do this? Are you one of them? Are you prepared to join this special and uncommon group?

You can be a victim of any of this group but there is a PERSONALITY who is not and cannot be tired of showing you love. He can also promote you to a level you never thought of. He has the power to protect you from ALL hating hearts.

Who is this person? He is Jesus Christ. He loves you, accept Him as your Lord and Savior.

Not only this, you will also attain to the best group where you are forever comfortable when others are promoted.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

Five Ways You Can Be Involved In A Rift.   Leave a comment

A man and his young son were glued a Television set when the news was in progress. One of the news highlights was on a raging war in a certain country. At this point, the child asked his father,
“Daddy, how does a war start?”

Before the man could answer, the mother who was going from the kitchen to the bedroom answered at the top of her voice,
“Honey, you must tell that boy the truth o!”

She slammed the door after which she entered the room furiously.

Then the boy turned to his father and said,
“Daddy, don’t say anything. I now understand perfectly how a war begins”

Do you also understand the lesson here! This takes us to the first point on how you can be involved in a rift.

1. You can ignite the fire of a rift between you and others. You can also do same between persons. One important fact is that it is very difficult for you to examine the cause of a rift very well and on your own conclude that you are responsible for starting it.

A common response is to hold others accountable for it. When you are even singled out as the author of a rift, you may not agree.

An African proverb says, “A man who is guilty of an offence and does not agree causes war on his city. ”

The truth of the matter is that you can originate a rift. Where you have done this, do not hesitate to own up. Offer a simple but powerful
“I am sorry! I am responsible for the whole thing.”
Ability to do this will put paid to any ensuing rift.

Learn to do this and you will be at peace.

2. You can fuel a rift. Besides igniting the fire of a rift, you can fuel a rift you did not start. You can fan the ember of rifts. You can add insults to injuries.

This may be a rift between you and another person or one between other people.

You can do this by your words and/deeds.

You can say things that will aggravate it. Words have power. Words are spirits! They achieve results, positive or negative, where you sent them.

Likewise, your actions or reactions can be contributory tools. “Action”, they say, “speaks louder than voice.”

Do you do this to fuel any rift?

Words or deeds, what you employ to fuel a rift can be withdrawn. You can simply apologize over what you have said or done. You can also stop those words and actions which give energy to a rift. Then peace and love will reign supreme.

Before now, you may not know, an end to a rift lies in your words or action.
Therefore, if you want to end any rift, withdraw any words or actions that contribute negatively to it.

3. You can elongate the period of time a rift will last. Do you know that you may be the anchor man of elongation of the time a misunderstanding will last? For example, if it is between you and someone else, when the other person is ready to end it, you can refuse to.

Towards the end of March 2015, a misunderstanding ensued between two women. One of them exclaimed,
“Never! Never! I will not have anything to do with you!”
When the other woman will be ready for reconciliation, do you think the first woman will be ready for it? She has vowed to continue as long as she lives.

Thanks to God who changed her mind when people of God talked to her.

Do you elongate the lifespan of a rift? This ought not to be. Have a change of attitude. Learn to forgive and forget.

4. You can extinguish the fire of a rift.
It is a godly act to be a mediator in any rift. It is honorable to extinguish a burning or newly kindled fire of discord.

You can do anything within your power to put an end to any wrangling between you and another person. You can do same between other persons. Have you heard this before,
“Blessed are the peacemakers
For they shall be called sons of God.”?
You can become “blessed” by being a peacemaker. You will also be honored to be called a son/daughter of Almighty God.

5. You can inform or invite someone who can be a fire extinguisher to a rift. For many reasons, you may not be in position to end a rift but this doesn’t prevent you from bringing it to the ears of those who can do it.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

Is It Your Cross?   Leave a comment

Among followers of Christ Jesus,the words “You must take up your cross.” are a conmon statement. So, anything negative is acceptable by many believers as a “cross”. They hinge their statement of belief on Jesus instruction contained in the Gospel according to Matthew 16:24,
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” NKJV.

Should carrying a cross means bearing ALL NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES?

Should this be so?

Note that Jesus does not speak of “crosses” in the quoted verse but “his cross”. This is singular.

This reminds me of what four sad Ministers said one day in February 2015. They all lamented on their wives’ behavioral patterns that cause them sorrow in different ways.

After their “song of sorrow”, I asked them,
“Did you involve God in your choice of a marrriage partner?”
Without any argument and in unison, they chorused,
“I did not involve Him.”

They said individually that it was their cross to live in sadness with their wives forever because that was how God planned it.

Is this true?

The question now is “Is it their cross?” Can they charge God with giving them a burden to carry for the rest of their lives through the women they married?

God cannot be held responsible for their plight. It is a self.designed “cross” to bear.

God has many ways of dealing with His own people. Speaking of such dealings, Job declared when he was going through his trouble,
“For He performs what is appointed for me,
And many such things are with Him.” Job 23:14 (KJV)

This indicates that each of God’s people has his own cross to carry as appointed by Him. When He doles out a cross, He gives the ability to bear it without much stress.
” No temptation (or cross)” has overtaken you except such as is conmon to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10: 13 (NKJV)

From the foregoing, are you carrying a cross? Who is the author of that cross? Have you identified him?

Let us briefly mention three possible authors of crosses:
1.God. This has been mentioned earlier and reference will also be made latter to it.
2. Flesh. (Lust of the flesh). This is very common among mankind, including many followers of Jesus Christ, and they link it to God. No! This is wrong.

A practical example is that of four men who chose wives on their own as explained above.

“…the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.” Genesis 6:2. Who then should bear the consequences of such action? Who should be blamed? Is he not the choice maker?
3. Satan, the Devi. He is the permanent and principal enemy of man, who can also bring “a cross”.

He seizes the opportunity inherent in believer’s ignorance to deceive them into calling it their “cross” to carry in following Jesus.

4. The World. The world can/may put unnecessary burden or pressure on you and if care is not taken, you may think it is a cross to carry by following Jesus.

Therefore, you must carry out a careful examination of such burdens to know what it really is.

Do not just accept or term every negative circumstance as your cross. You must behave like:

1. Father Abraham.
As a friend of God, he did not resign to fate by seeing his family childlessness as a cross to carry forever.

He talked to God about it. Both had a fruitful discussion together on that issue. So Abraham knew his true position concerning the matter. Genesis 15:1-3, 17-18.

2. Father Moses. He provoked God to anger and The Lord told him he would not reach the land of Canaan. Moses begged God on this until he received a definite reply thus,
“Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter.” Deuteronomy 3:26.

Have you spoken to God about your unpleasant circumstances and got a definite answer?

Please, you must do!

3. Apostle Paul. This man of God also spoke to God about his “thorn in the flesh” to which he received a reply from the Lord,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

There is always a cross to carry. A Godly Cross is never designed to crush you; but any other cross is brought to crush and destroy you totally (John 10:10a).

Therefore, identify and analyse what you have taken as your cross. Determine the source of the cross. If the Lord knows about it, run your Christian race happily with it.

Reject it if it emanated from any other source in the name of Jesus. Ask for enough grace to carry your own God-given cross.
Stay blessed and rapturable, the Lord is coming soon.