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Relationships

Your path isn’t for everybody

We are walking on different paths leading to different destinations — either to life or to destruction. 

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:13–14. 

But the opinions of society can be like a mighty river. They can snatch us and take us far away from where we thought we’d ever go. Now, when we find ourselves in that unfamiliar fate, we realise that the river has no power to take us back. Nevertheless, if we’re still alive we can embarrassingly gather enough energy to take us back. 

“Remember this. The world wants to assign you a role. And when you accept that role you are doomed.”

Robert Greene

Society will train and condition us to be hapless and helpless. Bad experiences have been seared into our minds, hearts and spirits by our harsh teachers — people, cultures, institutions, political leaders, environments…

We are made to blindly follow shadows. We are made to believe propaganda news. We allow society to divide us, Each being enclosing itself into its small self-suffocating-self-sufficient compartment. Yet, we all want similar things — Love, peace, joy, family…

They have taught us that the path to success must pass through the dark valley of cruelty, corruption, competition, pride, arrogance, war… We have been hurt and witnessed others being mistreated.

Yet, we can never be wise by walking through this slippery path, upon which many are treading — unfortunately to their horrible downfall. Can we?

Most of the promises we are fed with are nonsense, and dubious. At the personal level, it is (y)our responsibility to shun them and choose the narrow path, because the people you believe will save you are liars and fraudulent. 

Questions to consider 

➡️ What role have you accepted from society?

➡️ Are you comfortable and free to undertake that role?

➡️How can you break out of that role?

Always remember this: 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15 – 17. 

God bless abundantly!

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Relationships

A powerful quote that can change our lives if applied

Quotes are powerful and useless as well. Powerful when their wisdom is applied to shine a light on the pathway of an individual so that they can walk in the right direction. Powerful when this wisdom can transform us so that we become better individuals.

On the contrary, quotes are useless when they are used as motivational dynamites to merely generate momentary excitements that are soon quenched by life’s challenges. Worse yet, a quote is worthless if its application is capable of instigating man’s atrocities against fellow man.

There are many figures of great renown (living and deceased) who are endowed with vast wisdom that has brought transformational change in the lives of individuals. However, we often neglect the God-given wisdom of the Biblical characters. If we are going to purpose to absorb Biblical wisdom, our lives are going to inevitably change in all dimensions of life. Take, for example, the following Quote from the book of Psalms 90:10,12.

“The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labour and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. ”

David Jesse

These scriptures have really challenged and changed my life. I believe if you similarly understand them, your life will change also.

Consider the following quote also before I underscore the power of the above scriptures.

“We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten by nothing. ”

Charles Bukowski.

The psalmist in verse 12 highlights that we must understand that our days on this planet are short. Unfortunately, not everyone has this knowledge. When we truly understand this, we are going to gain wisdom to apply in our daily relationships.

It isn’t big challenges that swallow us alive. It is little foxes — petty trivialities, gossips, irrelevant news, politics, social media, small bouts of anger…etc. We spend substantial time on meaningless activities instead of spending more time doing things that matter. We ought to be perpetually doing things that increase our meaningful time so we can tame the little foxes that are threatening us.

Life is good! It becomes awful when we squander time. It is painful when we don’t realise that we are wasting time until it is way too late. We think we have time. It is limited. Yet, we behave like we’re here forever.

Nor do we have to fear death, for we can’t control its advent. However, we can control how we use our time right now. Every day. We can choose to always be searching for wisdom from relevant sources/quotes especially the Bible, and being guided by it in accomplishing our purposes on earth.

Go up and never stop!

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Faith

God’s promises must come to pass

Keep on praying

Sometimes we undergo seasons in which we can’t see the beauty of life anymore. Worse yet, the seasons may seem endless and we feel like withdrawing.

But it shouldn’t be so to believers. When things seem to be running south, our faith should remain rock solid. When we’re being pressed under the carpet, we should wiggle our way out.

Israel experienced a prolonged drought during Ahab’s reign. At the same time, Ahab was annihilating God’s prophets. But Elijah, the prophet stood firm in the faith. He didn’t lose hope and retire from his assignment. So, God manifested Himself powerfully and it was known all over Israel that Elijah was a true prophet of a true God.

Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’” Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was heavy rain.

1 Kings 18: 44 – 45.

Elijah’s servant looked towards the sea six times seeing no sign of rain. However, at the seventh time, he saw a small cloud that soon produced heavy rains. 

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”

James 5:17–18.

Amid scarcity/drought, God’s children should continue to pray fervently. It doesn’t matter how adverse the drought is, or for how long they have waited, at the seventh time there is going to be an abundance of rain. If God promises, it must come to pass.

Maybe you’ve waited for too long and you’re on the verge of resigning. I want to tell you that, no season is eternal. Do not, therefore, stop praying. Prayers unlock doors to God’s abundance. Just hold on in faith; endure the hardships, hostilities, temptations, delays… Do not quit, soon you’re going to experience an abundance of showers of blessings. Amen!