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KEYS TO MAKE YOUR VISION A REALITY

“A vision on its own is not enough. Hard work and dedication is required to make that vision a reality” – Strive Masiyiwa

To be the best in life you have to learn from the best. I was reading quotes from the richest Africans and got some interesting thoughts to share. Read article http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2013/11/13/20-inspirational-quotes-from-the-richest-africans/

Success is a not a microwave or pop corn affair – it’s work! In this generation of instant coffee, microwave, minute noodles and dot com boom there is a temptation to think success comes easy. Easy come easy goes…lasting success is work.

Let’s get to the best book I use on success for some really inspired thoughts:

“When Jesus saw his ministry DRAWING huge crowds, he CLIMBED a hillside. Those who were APPRENTICED to him, the COMMITTED , CLIMBED with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and TAUGHT his CLIMBING companions” – Matthew 5:1-2 (MSG BIBLE)

There is some interesting lessons right here:

1. Don’t follow the crowds. Success is not for the crowds, Jesus screened crowds by climbing a hillside. He knew that not everyone had the willpower to climb the hillside. Not everyone is willing to pay the price for success
2. To succeed you need to be apprenticed – be teachable, get a mentor, a coach and learn from the best. Only the taught managed to climb the hillside with Jesus. Who is your mentor or coach?
3. Success is not caught, it’s taught. Jesus gave the famous “beatitudes lecture” to those who were willing to be a taught. A leader is a reader. Never stop learning.
4. It’s a quiet at the top …aim for the top where there is. less noise and where you can see things clearly. Jesus went to the hillside. Never be satisfied with the mundane and the mediocre.

Aim for the top. Push the bar always and your vision will become a reality.

 

THE POWER OF ASSOCIATION

General Colin Powell wrote this about the power of association, “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity” Its a fact! I have a different revelation to this though. I want to share the same quote wearing my appreciative inquiry glasses “The more you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you celebrate excellence in others, it increases your excellence” One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in life is that between you and your next level of success is a person – just get the right connection and you will go to the next level. Today I was reflecting on the impact that Jesus had on his disciples:

“When the Council saw the boldness of Peter and John and could see that they were obviously uneducated non- professionals, they were amazed and realized what being with Jesus had done for them!”

These simple man became overnight celebrities based on a simple qualification – “they had been with Jesus”. Their association with Jesus was a game changer. It gave their gloomy, inglorious lives an EXTREME MAKEOVER…overnight. This is the power of association. Here are some nuggets to chew over the weekend:

1. Your alignment determines your assignment
2. Your position determines your possession
3. Who you see determines who sees you
4. Perception influences acceleration
5. Your network determines your networth

If I had time I would share about how an orphan called Lot became so rich, just by being with Abraham …the power of association!

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO MULTIPLY

Influence is seldom about shrinking into a grain of sand but is often about growing into a mountain. A drop of water becomes an ocean when multiplied.

You are a divine masterpiece. A miracle in motion. The possibilities in you are many. Your life cannot be a one way street. When God created you, He gave you a simple mandate: “be fruitful and multiply” This was what God intended for you. The principle of first mention states that whatever God said the very first time about something was His original intention. Being fruitful and multiplying was what God said first about you. God cant ask of you what He didn’t put in you. In creating you, He wanted you to be fruitful and multiply. Multiply is a compound word – multi means “many” and ply means “layers” Take a moment and just reflect on this word before you read the rest of the article. You are supposed to live a multi layered life. Let’s break it down at a practical level:

1. Going to an 8-5 job is a single layer
2. Having one church congregation is a single layer
3. Having one income or revenue stream is a single layer
4. Having one business or branch is a single layer
5. Having one book published is a single layer

…and many other areas if your life

Think of how to multiply in every area in your life. Your ability to multiply marks the boundaries of your influence

LEAVE YOUR NEST & FLY

“ As an eagle that stirreth up her nest, That fluttereth over her young, He spread abroad his wings, he took them, He bare them on his pinions”  Deuteronomy 32:11

Moses the lawgiver wrote this verse in the Bible. I imagine he observed eagles when he went up Mount Sinai to get the law. During the time of training the eaglets to fly, the mother eagle throws them out of the nest. Due to fear they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. Ouch! When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, thorns prick them.  Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them.  Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for some time until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly. Wow! Life is pretty much like that – you experience the discomfort, the frustration, the pricks and the situations, which push us off the cliff.

Lets unpack a few lessons:

  1. Don’t stay in the nest (comfort zone) forever – there are worlds to explore
  2. You will never know the joys of flying if you stay in a nest
  3. Challenges are an opportunity to learn not to destroy you
  4. Beyond temporary discomfort, there is permanent comfort
  5. A nest is great for babies, but bad for grown ups – keep growing!

Fear is a liar – beyond the pain there is gain.  Leave your nest, spread your wings and fly.

YOUR WORK IS A…

Your work is an expression of your  make it worthwhile. No one was created for spare parts. You count and matter

YOUR GIFT GIVES YOUR LIFE A LIFT

Peter had no silver and gold but he could heal. Singapore has no oil but manufactures some of the world’s best oil rigs. What you DONT HAVE must never stop you from what you CAN DO…use such as you HAVE. There is something special in you.

The key to success in life lies not in trying to be the next Bill Gates, Oprah or Strive Masiyiwa – but in being the next you. God deposited in you an inbuilt success apparatus – it’s a called a GIFT. Your gift is what makes you uniquely “you”. Its what you can do better than anybody else. It’s what you could do even if you didn’t get paid for it. It comes naturally to you. It doesn’t have to be earth moving or game changing like creating an iPad – it could be baking, sewing, cooking, singing, writing, art, soccer, networking …anything really. Today know what your gift is – it is the key to your success in life. Reflect on these thoughts today:

1. Your gift is a point of contact for God’s blessing in your life
2. Your gift is a vehicle for your success. Drive your gift to your success destination
3. Your gift is a door opener and networking point. It opens room for you before great man. Wise men from the East followed baby Jesus into a manger
4. Your gift multiplies in the womb of action…exercise it!

Your gift will give your life a lift!

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CREATE YOUR WORLD WITH YOUR WORDS

Three years ago, the roads in my neighbour hood where in a bad state. There were more potholes and less road – every time you drove the temptation to curse was strong. I however decided to declare that “angels are feeling these potholes”. Three years later one “angel” who I don’t even know their name has not only filled the potholes – but resurfaced the road, increased the road verges and even put carriage way markings. God sent an angel because the council has no money to repair the roads – more than 5 kms!

Your words determine your worlds. Words create a forcefield which attracts that which you speak. Words are prophetic, they direct the course of your life – where your words go your life goes.

Here are a few things to note and do about the power of words:

1. Speak blessings not curses
2. You have what you say , so say what you want so you may have what you say. Declare abundance in the face of poverty, progress in the face of frustration, success in the face of failure, health in the face of sickness…good roads when you hit potholes!
3. A word is a seed. What you SAY, will PAY. Vain words will bring pain. Good words create good deeds
4. You can speak yourself out of every situation

I declare you prosperous, healthy, special and well connected to opportunities. What you confess you possess

THE POWER OF LOVE

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it” – MLK

“And now abideth faith, hope, LOVE, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE” – St Paul

My mother calls me with a four letter word – the short for my name – “Love”. It’s not a swear word, it’s the sworn commitment of the undying love of a mother. Let’s talk about love…

Love is an answer to every question. It is a solution to every problem. A remedy for every ailment. A plug for every hole. Love is a creative force of progress. Love can open doors. It can climb the highest mountain, cross the widest rivers, swim vast oceans, go to deepest depths, walk the longest distance. When you love deeply it gives you courage. When you are loved deeply it gives you strength. In the face of a strong no, a stronger love will say yes. Love will make you pursue goals without complaining or giving up. To change the world, you need the catalyst of love. To build the world you need the bricks of love. To protect the world, you need soldiers of love. To educate the world, you need teachers of love. To heal the world you need doctors of love. To speak to the world you need messengers of love. Love is the oil in the wheels of purpose and the passion in the furnace of goals. The womb of success is filled with waters of love.

When all else is gone there are 3 principles which will remain – faith, hope and love. They are the 3 creative principles of the human spirit. They help us to understand the deepest yearnings of the human spirit – believing today is going to be ok, and tomorrow will just be fine. Of the 3 love is the greatest.

Faith is for today. Hope is for the tomorrow . Love is for always. Wear love today, it’s an all purpose garment and all weather attire.

GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE

POWERING YOUR DAY: “God Is Still In Charge”

Job 38:1-4
“Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: “Why are you using your ignorance to deny my providence? Now get ready to fight, for I am going to demand some answers from you, and you must reply.” Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much”

Job was in serious moments of doubt. He had so many questions. Then his young friend Elihu had the audacity to say God is not gonna talk to Job. Well, God decided to answer the Job’s questions – only God answered Job’s questions with more questions. Ouch! In Job 38 alone, God asks Job 35 rhetorical questions. In the whole Book of Job, God asks Job an incredible 184 questions! God’s questions aren’t intended to teach; they are intended to stun. They aren’t intended to enlighten; they are intended to awaken. They aren’t intended to stir the mind; they are intended to bend the knees….

When you are in doubt, look no further than the work of God’s hand. His work reveals His perfections, virtues, graces and excellences. He is in charge! He is a master planner and architect par excellence. The earth is just the perfect distance from the sun, so we keep warm without roasting. It’s tilted at a perfect 23 degrees so we have different seasons. Earth is just the right thickness, so there is enough oxygen for everything. Its self evident that God is in charge and knows how to order our lives.

What’s my point? In the seeming chaos of life, there is an order in the disorder. God the Master Planner and Extraordinary Strategist is working out all the small detail for your good.

Sit back and relax God is still in charge!

DYNAMIC ABILITY TO CAUSE CHANGE

1 Corinthians 4:20 ( MESSAGE)
God’s Way is not a matter of MERE TALK; it’s an EMPOWERED LIFE

1 Corinthians 4:20 (LIVING BIBLE)
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is LIVING by God’s POWER

KEY TERM 1 – KINGDOM OF GOD – A king exercises dominion. To have dominion, you must have a domain. You are God’s representative on earth. Heaven’s government – the authority and governance structure of heaven is invested in your hands. You are a minister plenipotentiary ready to execute the agenda of heaven.

KEY TERM 2 – POWER – dunamis – dynamic ability to cause change. Inherent ,self propelled. Power on power.

Ever felt like you were drowning? You were going under. On the cliff hang. I have got news for you. There is a power that is bigger than power. That power is called DUNAMIS. It is a supernatural power. It is the dynamic (self propelled) ability that causes changes. This power is the life of God in the human spirit. It’s a game changing, life transforming, situation redeeming, door opening, life raising, hell shutting power. This power is not just protective or restorative – it’s creative, transformative and progressive.

This power has a great history – it opened the Red Seas, it shut the mouth of lions, it fed multitudes, it raised Christ from the dead, it opened blind eyes. The big news is that, that power now lives in you. You will never live a defeated life for another day when you know that “dunamis” is in you.

Declare it – I am empowered!

THE FORCE OF WISDOM

Wisdom is not found in the breadth of books but in the depth of your relationship with Jesus. Philosophy is the the love “philos” of wisdom “sophia”. Man searches wisdom far and wide, and still fails. The recent failings of man’s wisdom in the economic, political and social systems in US, Europe demonstrates that man’s wisdom is limited.
The irony of man’s wisdom is that the more the world wisdom they accumulate the more serious problems they create – global warming, cancers, economic collapse, senseless wars, unending conflict, shameful poverty, decadence…and more.

Thank God for Jesus who has become our wisdom. He is the epitome of wisdom. When we are in Christ we operate in 3 levels of wisdom:

1. SUNESIS – this is supernatural UNDERSTANDING. It is the penetrating consideration which precedes action. It is comprehension of facts and ideas. Understanding that helps you to behave in a certain way. You will know WHAT, WHEN, HOW, WHY , WHO and WHERE to do.

2. PHRONESIS – this is a supernatural MINDSET. It is a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines your response to situations and interpretation of those situations. Your MIND is SET. Your mind is set in what you think about success, failure, sickness, trials, finances. It helps you to response definitively to every and any situation in life. For example you can say “All things are possible, I am the head and not the tail…” It’s a MIND – SET that determines your LIFE – SET

3. SOPHIA – this is supernatural INSIGHT into all reality. Knowing exactly what each element represents…beyond the five senses. Going beyond what could be explained humanly. We operate under spiritual laws of wisdom, not physical laws – laying hands on the sick, declaring and it’s established. You know beyond what can be seen and the description of senses. It is practical wisdom and forces you to act in a particular way.

Your insight and understanding will give you a mindset that makes you win in life everyday. Christ is your wisdom. Beyond the cross we don’t ASK for wisdom , we ACTIVATE wisdom – the essence of wisdom lives in us – Christ!

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