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Hindrances To Your Getting Employment (1).   Leave a comment

Rates of unemployment is growing at a very alarming one. In many nations, it has grown out of control. This evil has given birth to other evil acts or crimes in various forms. Most of the time, governments are held responsible; and many of them are guilty of negligence indeed.

In many cases, government may not be able to employ every citizen of her country but every government has the task of creating an enabling environment conducive enough to generate employment opportunities.

On the other hand, a lot also fall on the unemployed person. That is why I want to mention some hindrances to certain people’s employment opportunity.

Before I do this, let me give you this “emotional injection” to provoke you into taking an immediate, serious and Godly steps towards ending your unemployment problem. Do you eat daily? Do you eat at all even if not daily? If you do, it is a mistake because
“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10b. NKJV.

Going by what Apostle Paul wrote in the above verse, do not eat until you work! Now, let us consider those hindrances one by one.

Arrogance.
This comes up in various forms. Some people are unemployed because they are too big to take instructions from any boss. If such person secures a job today, within a few months, he is back in the labor market again.

Are you like this?

Certain people think they must be employed in a particular sector of the economy by all means. There are many reasons that sector may not be able to accommodate them now but they want to wait UNTIL there are vacancies. They want to remain unemployed, so far the sector is not ready to absorb them now.

Are you a member of this group? If yes, have a rethink!

Over evaluation of self.
I am not supporting “selling” yourself so cheap, but do not “overprice” yourself. Every tree grows from somewhere, eg a seed. You need to start somewhere also . The only job where you can start from the top is that of digging a well and such likes and when you do that, going down follows.

Do you want this? May you not go down forever in Jesus Name. So, do not over value yourself. Do you know that if you prove your worth, something bigger or better can come your way. Are you of great value?
“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.” Psalm 127:2. NKJV.

Let people see your value and say so!

Lack of Love.
This comes up in two ways and you must ask yourself two important questions. One, “Do I love my Maker with everything in me and everything I am?” “Do I love Him sincerely an unconditionally?”
The first step to loving is to love your Maker, God.

The second step is to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. Your neighbor include those you meet daily who can enjoy God’s kindness through you. Then ask yourself the second question, “Do I love others with the love of the Lord sincerely? Read Mark 12:30-31.

Loving the Lord, your Creator and other people around you is a strong key to open doors of employment opportunity. Let your love comfort others today; one of them may be a channel of blessing to you.

Lack of service.
Do you love to serve others? Service has strong power. If you want to serve others, you cannot be unemployed because there are people who need your service and are waiting for you to arise and act. This can be a free service or one with moderate fees. Your service has the power to shoot you to a level you never envisaged.

In Acts 6:1-6, Stephen, Philip and other five brethren did not know they would become Deacons but when the Gospel spread and the number of brethren increased, they were chosen because others knew them to be honest men who loved to serve them.

Are you ready to serve your generation? Employment opportunity is available.

However, if you are not ready for any service, forget about gainful and lasting employment. Therefore, be ready for meaningful service to get gainful job.

Please, read the remaining points in the second part of this piece.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note:
NKJV is New King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Please, Report Yourself   Leave a comment

What will you do to someone who hurt you directly or indirectly but came to tell you of his wrongdoing?

This was the case of a grandson in May, 2015. He went to draw water from a nearby well. On his way home, the bucket he use was broken and it was the main container that could be used for such assignments. When he saw this had happened, he came to tell me to guide him on how to deal with the situation because his grandfather will not take it lightly. He was good at giving out disciplinary measures and will not hesitate to melt out some corrective measures to him. He feared what may be the weight of such measures.

I advised him to report himself to grandpa before he knows that the bucket has been broken from another source.

The young man was reluctant to do this because he wanted me to go with him to plead his case before the old man. For many reasons, I informed him that I will come in but he should report himself to explain what happened first.

The young man failed to act immediately but instead went about the premises wearing gloomy looks. He was not happy and went about sluggishly. He became a shadow of himself; everyone who saw him asked what happened to him but said nothing.

Later, I saw him and inquired if he had reported to grandpa so that I could carry out a follow-up on the matter to erase any other negative issue that may want to ensue. After I confirmed he did not act as directed I encouraged him to go but I stayed nearby to know how the matter would go but the old man did not know I was near.

The young man went.

I overheard him explaining how everything happened. Grandpa patiently listened to his story. After, I heard the the old man shouting on the young man accusing him of being too playful. He saw this as the reason for breaking the utility bucket.

Do you know what? He only warned him to prevent such happening in the future. The young man prostrated as a mark of respect for grandpa. This was according to their culture. No corrective measure was melted out to him.

A few minutes later, I appeared before grandpa who told me what happened and I also pacified him assuring him that there will not be a repeat of such act in that he may have learned his lessons.

The matter was laid to rest and their relationship continued to flourish.

Now, do you know that doing a wrong has its serious sting which troubles the wrongdoer? When it happened to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, both went to hide themselves “away” from their Lover who went about to seek them until He found them.

How would the story be if they had reported themselves?

Do you also report yourself to God when you do a wrong? Anytime you disobey Him, He reserved the right to chastise you as your Loving Father.

There are four common reactions to a wrongdoing but one is best:
1. You may attempt to cover the wrongdoing.
2. You may shift blame on someone else.
3. You may go about “mourning” the evil act. Grave consequences may result from bearing the guilt.
4. Go to God and report your wrong action knowing well that you are guilty.

Why?

“The sacrifice you(God) desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart,
O God.” Psalm 51:17. NLT.
When you sin and regret it, go to the Lord with your sad countenance to report yourself.

When the Psalmist observed that he was a talkative, he regretted it and went to report himself to the Lord and sought His help:
“Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips.
Don’t let me drift toward evil
or take part in acts of wickedness .
Don’t let me share in the delicacies of
those who do wrong.” Psalm 141:3-4. NLT.

Are you a member of God’s family? If yes, then do not hesitate to report yourself to Him when you do wrong and seek His help. Do not go around with a guilty heart when your father is ready to abundantly pardon you.

How often do you report yourself? As many times as you go astray! Note that your self report must not be on the same wrong act. Pray to please the Lord all the time.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
NLT is New Living Translation.

Please, Report Yourself   Leave a comment

What will you do to someone who hurt you directly or indirectly but came to tell you of his wrongdoing?

This was the case of a grandson in May, 2015. He went to draw water from a nearby well. On his way home, the bucket he use was broken and it was the main container that could be used for such assignments. When he saw this had happened, he came to tell me to guide him on how to deal with the situation because his grandfather will not take it lightly. He was good at giving out disciplinary measures and will not hesitate to melt out some corrective measures to him. He feared what may be the weight of such measures.

I advised him to report himself to grandpa before he knows that the bucket has been broken from another source.

The young man was reluctant to do this because he wanted me to go with him to plead his case before the old man. For many reasons, I informed him that I will come in but he should report himself to explain what happened first.

The young man failed to act immediately but instead went about the premises wearing gloomy looks. He was not happy and went about sluggishly. He became a shadow of himself; everyone who saw him asked what happened to him but said nothing.

Later, I saw him and inquired if he had reported to grandpa so that I could carry out a follow-up on the matter to erase any other negative issue that may want to ensue. After I confirmed he did not act as directed I encouraged him to go but I stayed nearby to know how the matter would go but the old man did not know I was near.

The young man went.

I overheard him explaining how everything happened. Grandpa patiently listened to his story. After, I heard the the old man shouting on the young man accusing him of being too playful. He saw this as the reason for breaking the utility bucket.

Do you know what? He only warned him to prevent such happening in the future. The young man prostrated as a mark of respect for grandpa. This was according to their culture. No corrective measure was melted out to him.

A few minutes later, I appeared before grandpa who told me what happened and I also pacified him assuring him that there will not be a repeat of such act in that he may have learned his lessons.

The matter was laid to rest and their relationship continued to flourish.

Now, do you know that doing a wrong has its serious sting which troubles the wrongdoer? When it happened to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, both went to hide themselves “away” from their Lover who went about to seek them until He found them.

How would the story be if they had reported themselves?

Do you also report yourself to God when you do a wrong? Anytime you disobey Him, He reserved the right to chastise you as your Loving Father.

There are four common reactions to a wrongdoing but one is best:
1. You may attempt to cover the wrongdoing.
2. You may shift blame on someone else.
3. You may go about “mourning” the evil act. Grave consequences may result from bearing the guilt.
4. Go to God and report your wrong action knowing well that you are guilty.

Why?

“The sacrifice you(God) desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart,
O God.” Psalm 51:17. NLT.
When you sin and regret it, go to the Lord with your sad countenance to report yourself.

When the Psalmist observed that he was a talkative, he regretted it and went to report himself to the Lord and sought His help:
“Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips.
Don’t let me drift toward evil
or take part in acts of wickedness .
Don’t let me share in the delicacies of
those who do wrong.” Psalm 141:3-4. NLT.

Are you a member of God’s family? If yes, then do not hesitate to report yourself to Him when you do wrong and seek His help. Do not go around with a guilty heart when your father is ready to abundantly pardon you.

How often do you report yourself? As many times as you go astray! Note that your self report must not be on the same wrong act. Pray to please the Lord all the time.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
NLT is New Living Translation.

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Trust And Rest.   Leave a comment

Everyone has expectations in various times and forms and from different persons or sources. Expectations can be likened to destinations, where you must walk to before arriving there.

To arrive there, you need your two legs. If your legs have no problems, you will get to your destination with ease, barring any external obstacles.

So it is with expectations.

Where do you expect your desires? This is very important. Your expectations must be from above. It is the only source that never fails. What comes from above always looks and tastes better. This is the decision of the Psalmist in Psalm 121:1-3.
From whom do you hope to have your expectations met? Man or woman? Young or old? If human beings are your strength, you are bound to be disappointed. Do you want to avoid this? If yes, you must look up to have your expectations met from above as you hope in God.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2.
If you have the same expectations as your destinations, then your two legs must be these:

1. Trust in the Lord.
In Psalm 37, the Songwriter mentioned the word “Trust” twice in verses three and five. This shows its importance. Trust involves having no other options but the Lord only. To trust Him is to depend on Him for all things as the ONLY CUSTODIAN of everything good.

Note the attachment to trust in verse three of Psalm 37, “and do good”.
As you trust the Lord for loads of goods or benefits, you need also to occupy yourself with doing good. Do not forget that you will not reap what you do not sow. Your trust in the Lord is not a licence to do evil. Doing good will make you pleasing to Him.

Now, do you ask, “How often do I trust the Lord?”. Yes, you are right to ask. The answer is
“Trust in him at all times.” Psalm 62:8a. Trust in Him 24/7 of your life.

2. Rest in the Lord.
Now, the second leg is to rest in the Lord. Rest is the ultimate! Do not forget that the Lord’s first promise to all who answer His call is REST (Matt. 11:28.).

Do you want His rest? If yes, you need to answer His call to come to Him. If you have answered this and have lost that relationship that assures rest, return to Him with an humbled heart (Luke15:10-31).

However, if you are ever with Him but have not got this rest, the fault is not of the Lord but yours.

Why?

You are a co.worker with the Lord in your life. He loves you immeasurably and is ready to supply all your needs. Rest is like a ready-made food set before you. It now depends on you to eat, waste, abandon or neglect it. The options are yours. The Lord will not force you. If you really trust Him, you need to choose to rest in Him.

To rest in Him involves your ability to wait until He supplies what you demand from Him. Not only this, add patience to your waiting. What do I mean? If you patiently wait, you will have rest. So, you will not,
1. Allow your heart to be troubled.
2. Murmur.
3. Grumble.
4. Complain.
5. Accuse God of foolishness.
6. Consider any alternatives.
7. Allow anyone close to encourage you to take any step which will be contrary to the will of God.

If you can trust and rest in the Lord, He will surely bring all your desires that are in line with His plans to pass in His right time. Therefore, I pray that the Holy Spirit helps you to trust and rest in the Lord for the rest of your life.
Stay bkessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon to take all His saints to where He is to give them everlasting REST.

Dangers Inherent In Revenge   Leave a comment

Anger is a letter short of danger. Danger and anger are closely connected and are working together. Wrath is then a senior officer to anger; more fierce and violent. The Scriptures then is right to reveal that the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.

Anytime you are wronged, the tendency is high that you will want to take your pound of flesh from the wrongdoer(s) to prove a point. However, dangers are involved in taking law into your hands.

Let us examine a few of them.
1. You will log horns with your Maker, God.
How? Revenge amounts to an attempt to usurp God’s exclusive right and responsibility. It means you want to take over God’s assignment from Him. The Scriptures reveals,
“Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand;
and their doom comes swiftly.” Deuteronomy 32:35. Revised Standard Version.

These are words from your Maker. He knows His tasks and will never fail to perform them. Do you think He will cuddle you for snatching His duties from Him? Instead, you will magnetise His anger. So eschew revenge.

2. Negligence of duties.
This is very clear and understandable. If you do another person’s work, your own assignments will suffer. This is settled. What are your duties when you are wronged? Let me mention two of them.
a. Forgive. You need to do everything to forgive the wrongdoer. It is understandable that sometimes it may seem very difficult to do but this is what is expected of you by your Creator. Should you disappoint Him? God forbid! If you forgive your wrongdoer, you have already provided yourself a bridge that you will pass through one day, whether in this life or life after. A part of the Lord’s prayer reads,
“And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.”(Matthew 6:12)

How often should you do this? Jesus counsels,
“Seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:22,)
Go and do this. Or do you want to forfeit all benefits attached to this?

B. It is also your duty to trust in the Lord your God to take appropriate steps at the right time, place and form. He never fails. So trusting in Him to take vengeance on those who have done you wrong is your duty. Therefore, go and do it.

3. You will miss the rewards attached to performing your task. Each commandment of the Lord has its benefits. Great benefits indeed; do not lose them. No work, no pay. This is a simple principle. Anyone who fails to carry out his work has no rewards.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.” Psalm 37:3. Revised Standard Version.
Trust in the Lord to plead your course.

4. You can be guilty of blood. In your attempt to take your pound of flesh, you may shed innocent blood. Those who are very close to the wrongdoer may lose their lives in the process. Not only this, the wrongdoer may not be guilty of death but in wrath, you may kill him ending in “killing for wounding”. You can read my article with the words in brackets at http://www.faithwriters.com.

Even if he is guilty of death, you should not take law into your hand. David almost made this mistake. His complaint was
“Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow(Nabal) hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.” I Samuel 25:21, King James Version.

Do you know that there is a divine provision for those who reward evil for good? Proverbs 17:13 reveals
“Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.”

This divine provision should satisfy you, I think.

The Lord sent Abigail, the wife of the evil doer, to restrain David from shedding blood. Innocent blood would have been destroyed with the offender because the plan of David was to kill every man in Nabal’s household. Read I Samuel 25:22-26.

5. Perpetual grief. Do you know that in an attempt to revenge, you may sow a seed of everlasting sorrow that anytime you remember it, grief will grip your heart? Is there any need for you to bear grief forever?

Abigail warned David,
“And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;
That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself :..” I Samuel 25-30-31.

As a result of the dangers mentioned above, do not engage in any revenge. Perform your task and you will have peace and be rewarded now and in eternity.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

Who Says “There is no God!”?   Leave a comment

It is a comnon saying that “A man’s name is his anchor.” Do you have a name? What is your regular response whenever you hear your name called? I think there is a tendency you look at the direction. That is effect of a name.

What is this person’s name?

A man who did not know his name when he attended an interview. He did not remember his surname. He did not know his origin, where he hailed from. He did not remember the name of the city of his abode. He diid not know whether he is married or single.

When same man was asked of his destination after that interview, he did not know. He did not know that why he wanted to take the job he applied for.

Enough on this man!

Now, my beloved reader, what name can you give this man? What can you say had happened to him? What will you suggest him to do or what do you think can be done to assist him?

This man is likened to a man who says, “There is no God!”

I do not know the name(s) or nickname(s) you can give, or have given to hin but the Scriptures declare,
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” Psalm 14:1a-b. KJV

Note that a fool has said “Three is no God.” in his heart. What then can you say of he who proceeds further to proclaim and teach same?

The best answer for a fool sometimes is “silence”(Proverbs 26:4); but sometimes a fool deserves being corrected or taught. That is why Proverbs 26:5 admonishes,
“Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own conceit.” KJV.

A fool who says “there is no God.” is not aware of his origin or source. Holy Bible made it known that man was made in God’s own image. (Genesis 1:27.) In the image of God He nade mankind, male or female.

I think to deny his source is equivalent to a man denying his own existence.
Can lemonade deny the existence of lemon?

Any man who fails to recognize his own source, where he originated from, will not know how to prepare for his return journey to his base at the end of his soujourn on the earth. It will not be surprising if such person engages in unprofitable things.

Beloved reader, do you believe there is God? The truth is THERE IS A LIVING GOD! Whether you believe or not does not change this truth. He rules over ALL things in heaven and on earth. It will be to your own advantage to recognize and acknowledge Him NOW. Tomorrow may be too late for you.

You started your journey from Him and you will end it in His presence. He will reward you through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son who gave His life as a ransom to reconcile mankind to His Maker.
Your name should not be a fool but a wise child of a living God!
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note.
KJV is King James Version.

Look up!   Leave a comment

This life is full of ups and downs. As a challenger fades away, another one surfaces. So, to have a problem is not a new thing, it is part of living. The word “solution” exists because of the word “problem”.

What is crucial in handling a problem is “Where do you look for solution?”

There are three places available to you for a way out but one is the best.

One.
Anytime a problem emanates, it is the simplest and cheapest to look around for a solution. This entails looking for man or means within your vicinity to end the problem. One common result of such a search is disappointments. To look around for a solution to your problem may attract failure per excellence. Man or means may let you down. Therefore watch.

What follows? The problem continues to exist, if it is not aggravated.

Two.
It is also easy to look to the influential in the society. The look will be as if they possess the right solution to your problem. Every effort will be geared towards getting connected with them to access their favor.

On the other hand, these influential or professional people may not be available to solve you problem. Where and when they are on time to lend their helping hands, the expected solution may not emerge. Sometimes, going to them may become adding insults to injuries. This may even cause you to run from one influential person to another.

Note that it is not outrightly wrong to look around and to influential people but there is a better place and Person to approach. In the words of the Psalmist,
“I look up to the mountains-
does my help comes from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2. NLT.

It is far better to apply the wisdom of the singer in Israel. Anytime he is in need of any help; he remembers that the mountains (influential people) are there. He could approach any of them. However, he never forget that there is someone who is more influential. An influential Personality who can influence the influential people to act this or that way. Their hearts are always in His hands.

The wisdom of the Psalmist is to really identify the source of his help,
“the Lord who made heaven and each”.

Those around you and all people in position of power and influence are ALL creatures in God’s hands. The Lord is their Maker, so, Psalmist prefers making Him his source of help.

I implore you, my dear reader, henceforth, stop running around. Stop looking for influential people. Start to look up to your Maker. Rest in Him. Trust Him for ALL your needs and helps. The Lord never fails; He will never let you down!

If you do this, you will have a rest of mind because the Lord is always there for you to grant the desires of your heart. You will be at peace with Him, yourself and others around you. Therefore, look up for your helps!
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note.
Scriptures quoted are from New Living Translation. NLT.