In the last two weeks, we have discussed Godly principles that should guide our response to our enemies and last week I encouraged you never to amplify the evil things done to you.
This week, whenever you experience oppositions, allow whatsoever happens to you to draw your attention to Jesus. If Jesus was in your situation, what would he do? Christ exemplified mercy in all his dealings and he expects us to extend this grace to others. Apostle James wrote, ‘For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment’ (James 2:13 NKJV). Let mercy triumph over evil in all you do. In Luke 23:34, Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ Many times the offender does not understand the full implications of his offence. You must learn to extend the love of Christ and deal with him with mercy. As you do so, you will also be a candidate for mercy.
Last week we discussed principles on how to handle our enemies. I mentioned that you must recognize that there is no direct authorization by God for you to revenge. Also when tempted to revenge, you must take a godly attitude.
Today I want to encourage you never to amplify the evil things done to you. Most of us have short term memory for good and long term memory for evil. So to erase evil you need a deliberate and conscious effort to forget the evil things done to you. Don’t allow the root of bitterness spring out to defile others. The writer of Hebrews said, ‘See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many’ (Hebrews 12:15 NIV). Proverbs 17:9 says, ‘He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.’ (NKJV
When David heard of Saul’s death, he said, ‘Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph’ (2 Samuel 1:20). Let the talk stop at your desk. Don’t spread it to others. When you do that, you stem the tide of evil and model the love of Christ.
1 Samuel 24:1-22
If you are anointed of God you will be experience oppositions from people. People will not want you to succeed. Anointed people have a special favour about them. They have a special clout around them. When God is with you, you do things seemingly effortlessly. This stimulates jealousy. However, you must remember some principles when you are in such situations:
1. Recognize that there is no direct authorization by God for you to revenge. Authority is the power to act. No matter the degree of persecution or troubles, you are not authorized to avenge. In anything you do ask, ‘Under whose authority am I doing this? Romans 12:17-19. Hebrews 10:30.
2. When tempted to revenge, take a godly attitude. Between action and reaction a responsible person makes a choice but a reactive person acts impulsively. The responsive person pauses to think about his reaction. No matter what anybody does, always be gracious. Let your word be seasoned with salt that it might offer grace to the hearers. A soft answer drives away wrath. Always pause to plan your response.
Success in life goes beyond motivational talks; it is beyond self-help or psychology. Success is defined by God. If God is with you:
1. He makes you prosper and keeps you in an established path.
2. He makes you exceptional. The Psalmist said, ‘I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation’ (Psalm 119:99).
3. He frees you from envy. Imitation is suicide and jealousy is self-destruction.
4. He frees you from encumbrances. He makes you trim, organized and nice looking.
5. He gives you eternal life. He gives you everlasting life.
6. You will enjoy life not just endure life. In the presence of God, there are pleasures forevermore.
7. You have the Zoe kind of life. The life principle that comes from God permeates your life mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Your spirit soul and body will be preserved.
This is good success, this is God-given success and this is the success you must strive for. It comes when you ask God and obey His voice.
To move from an ordinary person to an outstanding person, you must own yourself. Know who you are and accept yourself. Matthew 16:18 says, “And I also said unto thee that thou are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” God can use anyone who has owned himself. He will not use an artificial person (a hypocrite).
Ways in which people avoid their real person;
(1) The crutch mentality: people with this mentality keep looking for a wall to lean on. They depend on others to solve their problems.
(2) A Cover up: Many people cover up with a pretentious lifestyle. The life span of a hypocrite is short. Your covering can never make you outstanding.
(3) Comparing themselves with others: Those who live their lives in comparison will either develop a superiority or inferiority complex. Stop comparing yourself to another person. You are unique.
(4) Subjecting themselves to criticism. This starts with self-criticism. When you criticize yourself, you forget that God is a God of varieties. Rather than bruising yourself with criticism, go from condemnation to gratitude by being thankful to God for who you are.
(5) Conforming: Some people conform to the ways of the world. Be a transformed non-conformist. When you conform to everything around you, you have nothing to show for your uniqueness. Celebrate your distinctiveness.
As you go out this week, decide to be your real person. Our life is a puzzle but when that puzzle meets with Jesus, we become complete in him. ‘You’ with Jesus, are complete! Have a great week.
Service in God’s kingdom demands great sacrifice on our part and total trust in His power. We must daily strive to live the Christ life as we go about our duties. To be fruitful in Kingdom service, we need to get FIRED UP. We will discuss on the acronym ‘FIRE.’
F stands for Focus. To be great you must have a focus and be focused in your pursuit. ‘Success,’ someone said, ‘is jealous of scattered forces.’ Many people will try to dissuade you from your path but you must steadfastly pursue. Don’t be like the servant, who while he was busy here and there, he lost the man put in his custody (1 King 20:40). Mind your business.
I – Invest in your life. Develop yourself. Watch out for those things that drain your life and avoid them. Study the Word of God. Read great books. Use the internet to get information that will build you, not destroy your life. Build your inner man and fortify your mind. Psalm 119:105 says, ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.’
R – Be responsive and responsible. Responsibility is individualistic. It is having influence. Responsibility is making an incredible impact. But responsibility is time-bound. Lamentations 3:27 says, ‘It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.’ Take up responsibility now. Respond to the situations. Step out to make a difference; don’t wait for the next person to do it.
E – Execute your vision. Do what God has told you to do. Don’t wait. Dreams should be a ‘Go Thing’. It should be like a grain of mustard seed that grows into a mighty tree (Matthew 13:31). It should be something that compels you.
Note: Three parameters that will determine greatness -
• What you have within – Your character
• What you are with people – Your caring ministry
• What you do at work – Your competence
This week decide to work from inside out. Build your inner man, be responsive to the demands around you, improve on your skills and you will fulfil purpose. Keep in touch with me on Facebook; Twitter, Mentor’s club and the gregerhaborblog.com. I covet your prayers always and I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful week.
“Behold my servant whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. I have put my spirit upon him…Isaiah 42:1
Are you a spirit filled leader? Do you operate under God’s divine influence? There are certain things you must note if you must answer these questions.
1. A spirit filled leader is a man under authority. He recognizes that he is a servant. A servant trembles, take instructions, is teachable and can be trusted.
2. He recognizes the uniqueness of his calling and gifts.
3. He has divine unction. Whenever we see a Christian leader, we must see the anointing; we must live a life without blemish – a holy life. You must rule yourself before you rule others.
4. A spirit filled leader is given to unceasing prayers.
5. He is a man of great understanding. When you have understanding, you will clearly define your tasks.
6. He knows the unfolding of God’s plans. Ministry has phases; you must recognize where you are and what God has called you to do.
7. He is upheld by the Lord.
Be filled by the Holy Ghost. Seek to know God and you will be greatly used for His kingdom. Keep in touch with me on Facebook; Twitter, Mentor’s club and the gregerhaborblog.com. I covet your prayers always and I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful week.
TEXT: 1Tim. 4:13-16
How are you responding to the situations around you? Can you be said to have good response ability? Are you responsible? Let’s see some attributes of responsible change agents. We will discuss based on the acronym RESPONSE:
R – Every responsible person is an avid READER. Your ability to read should cut across everything including your textbooks. If don’t read, your breath of knowledge will be weak. Give attention to reading. A good conversation stems from the depth of knowledge. You can’t respond until you become an avid reader. How can you be a dunce in the 21st century?
E – Responsible people are ENERGETIC Workers. You can’t afford to be a lazy person. You can’t afford to give an excuse. If you prove responsible, you will be given more responsibility. When you make excuses you say I am not responsible.
S – Responsible people are STRATEGIC Thinkers. This is a person who sits down to plan. Anointing cannot replace strategic thinking. “Some people prefer to die than to think, so they die” Everything you read is as a result of someone who has thought. Sit down and think. You cannot think if you don’t have a pen and a book.
P – Responsible people are PURPOSE Driven. They are focused. They know what they are doing and pursue their purpose. Focused people don’t have time for background noises. They throw away every distraction. Focus is concentrating all your energy on a task. When given an assignment, go for it. Follow it to the end. Marshall Resources for your goal
Go into this week with the determination to be responsible. God is counting on you. Keep in touch with me on Facebook; Twitter, Mentor’s club and the gregerhaborblog.com. I covet your prayers always and I appreciate your comments.
With affectionate love,
Rev. Prof. G. E. Erhabor
Last week, we talked about certain principles that will eliminate worries or concerns from your life. I said you must stay calm in every situation, pray when challenges arise and speak positively about your life. The Message Bible translates Philippians 4:6 thus: ‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.’ Today we will talk about two more principles.
4. Trust God totally. When you finish praying, the next thing is to believe God. Romans 10:10 says, ‘For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.’ God will make everything beautiful. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, ‘He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.’
5. Take action. After you have stayed calm, thought about it, talked to God, spoken positively, then move and take action. Faith without work is dead. Faith with ‘no work’ yields ‘no results.’ Faith plus action results in possibilities. Work out your faith. ‘Actionize’ your faith now and God will make it possible.
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With affectionate love,
Rev. Prof. G. E. Erhabor
This week, I want you to think about certain principles that will eliminate worries or concerns from your life. Paul said in Philippians 4:6, ‘Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.’ The Message Bible translates thus: ‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.’
1. Regardless of any situation, stay calm. Staying calm means you must possess yourself, you must not fret and you must not be agitated. Staying calm will enable you to think things through; it eases tension and gives you total control because if you lose control, you do nothing positive.
2. Stay connected. Staying connected means that you must pray about it. God is omnipotent and omniscient; there is nothing He cannot do.
3. Speak positively. There is nothing as bad as being in a difficult situation and saying negative things about it. Negative words aggravate the situations and make something that will require a simple solution look worse. It darkens the bright side of things and makes you susceptible to the enemy’s attack.
We will continue this topic next week. Go forth into this week with a strong determination to stay calm in every situation, to pray when challenges arise and to speak positively about your life. Keep in touch with me on Facebook, You Tube, Blog and Twitter. I appreciate your comments always.
With affectionate love,
Rev. Prof. G. E. Erhabor