Wednesday, 13 April 2016

PRAYER: STEP 1 TO PLANNING YOUR FUTURE

Prayer is the number one key to fulfilling your future. Money does not guarantee future, not even intelligence or connection. Remember that none of these can assure you of a long healthy life; after all it takes a living healthy person to enter into the future. Therefore, can you see why you need to pray? It is in the place of prayer you secure your future and tackle any obstacles that may want to hinder you.
You cannot afford not to include prayer in your lifestyle especially if you are from this part of the world where there are many spiritual forces that does not want you to excel. Some of these forces can be family members and they can be friends or people around you that just hate your success, especially when they see that your future is glorious. Therefore, you cannot afford to live a prayer-less life.
In case you are living a prayer-less life, let me tell you reasons why you need to see prayer as your number one key to a successful future.
a) Devil himself does not want you to enter into your future. Have you not been seeing the way young people are killing themselves these days, both home and abroad? It is the devil at work, making young people to kill themselves over nothing, and some times over trivial issues, that does not worth it. May God never allow us to be a victim of such wickedness in Jesus’ name.
b) Some wicked forces that do not want you to succeed. Like I said earlier, some of them can be from your household, some can be from your peers, and sometimes some parents have sown evil seed that will affect the future of their children in one way or the other.
c) Some bad habits are capable of ruining one’s future. Every man has one or two or more habits to deal with, and most times it takes the help of God through prayer to destroy such habits. Just look deep into your life, name those bad habits that can affect you and begin to table them in prayer before God before they hinder your future from becoming a reality.
Here are some issues you need to put in prayers often
ü  Pray for divine protection
ü  Pray against generational curses, iniquities and wickedness. Some families are extremely evil; they rarely allow their offspring succeed in life.
ü  Pray against bad influence.

ü  Pray for direction. Everyone needs direction in life. As per what course to study, whom to marry, what business to do, etc. it is better to be directed by God because you are assured of his protection and provisions when He leads you. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Your Future Is Now

Many at times the future seems far, especially when we are still young. For instance, a 12-year-old child thinks it takes eternity to clock 30 years of age. Sooner than imagined, they celebrate 25th birthday and become close to 30 years.
A wise child therefore starts planning now, having realized that the future is nearer than we are thinking. Serious commitment into today guarantees a better tomorrow. Wealth, success and affluence are not accidents, neither are they destined for special set of people. Anybody anywhere can be successful, wealthy or become affluent, if only they can pay the price.
Do you want to become an employer of labor in the future? On the other hand, you want a good marriage, you want to break a record, or you want to be a successful business tycoon, just name it, anything you want to become all starts NOW, not tomorrow. Tomorrow is only a manifestation of yesterday input. Do not think it is too early to start planning, preparing and praying about future NOW. Do not spend your teenage hood or youthful days playing, partying or catching fun. Your future is right at your doorstep, waiting to enter. Remember, early preparation equals early arrival in most cases.
You want to be a medical doctor at 22 years; then start planning NOW. You want to be a PHD holder before 30 years of age, then start preparing for it NOW. Time waits for no man. Time is equivalent to life, so please spend it well so that your future will not be gloomy and full of regrets.
This is just to charge you up. In our subsequent articles, we will discuss keys to planning your future. Until then, remain blessed and be charged up in your spirit to take your future in your hands by planning NOW.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

THE POWER OF CHOICE

The word of God says in Deuteronomy 30: 19,
‘I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live: (KJV)
So if God can give you the power to make choices then who can stop you or take that power from you?
Life is a product of many choices, the gradual accumulation of your choices. So where ever or however you find yourself in future, don’t blame God or people, it’s the accumulation of your choices that take you there.  For instance, your choice to be educated, your choice of friends, your choice of life style , your choice of eating habits, etc. all these and many other choices equal your future.
Do not let people choose for you; never let society determine your choices, because if you refuse to make deliberate choices about your life, people will make it for you. That’s why you have to take your life in your hands and make deliberate choices that will give you the kind of future you desire, remember we have talked about desire in this blog.
There are major areas of your life that you most make deliberate choices, they are;
a)     Spirituality  you most choose to serve God and live a godly life, because you will find it rewarding later in life
b)     Education you most go to school and study hard to have a good result, this will help your chance of getting a good job or in pursuit of your career later in future
c)      Moral  you most choose to stay away from immorality, it has both spiritual and healthy benefits
d)     Health your choice of food and lifestyle will help you to live longer and healthy
e)     Friendship you must choose good friends who have the same beliefs with you, friends that will help you to actualize your vision
Always remind yourself that God has given you the power to make choices, and the choices you make today, determine your tomorrow. So choose wisely!




Saturday, 2 January 2016

MAXIMIZING DESIRE

 Dear teenagers, hope the previous article blessed you. Remember that the things you expose your mind to either through sight or ears play a major role in shaping your life, either positively or negatively. Your exposure affects your choice or decision, and your choice and decision determine your Future. So be careful of what you expose yourself to.
This stage of your life is very crucial to your future because at this stage of your life, your mind becomes more active than before;  you gradually begin to build up your own ideas, views and attitudes about life. Such ideas and views gradually build up a new attitude in you, either good or bad, and they determine your sense of choice and decision.
Let me tell you about 'DESIRE' and how it affects your Life.  The word of God in Psalms 145:16 says;
‘Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.’ (KJV)
If God decides to grant you your heart desires now, what will be your lot? Do not think Desire is for old people. As a teenager, you need to start desiring the kind of life you want to live, the kind of career, home, social and spiritual life you want. One thing to possess always is desire, a longing to grow and be better. Where desire is lacking, experience will be lacking. Therefore, if you do not desire to improve in an area or long for positive experiences, it is quite unlikely to live it. The word unlikely is being used as against impossible because there might still be some filter of experiences that might come your way. They might occur one way or the other; it is still possible due to the factor of time and chance.
Life is too short to be lived by chance!
Do not leave your Future to chances or trial and error. Rather, start building your Future now from your mind and that's ‘DESIRE’.
Your life has a way of attracting the things you desire. Therefore, you need to be careful of what you desire. Let your desire be positive and consistent. I'll give you an example of the power of desire. I have a sister that has always desired a baby girl as her first Child even before she was married. Lo and behold, she delivered a baby girl first after she got married. As for me, I've always desired to be an entrepreneur and to marry a godly man, and I got that. So what do you Desire?
The aforementioned instances might seem ‘simple’; no detail about your life is actually simple as they all contribute to make and define your life.
It’s time you started building a great and positive picture of your academics, career, family, community service and spiritual service. Having such picture in mind will shape your prayers, choices and keep you going even when the tide seems contrary.
Many successful people you admire today had lived their today in their mind yesterday and are already living out their tomorrow in their mind today.
Even though not all our desires are met, you cannot be too sure which will be met or not. So please keep building your Future right from your mind. Be positive about life, be consistent in your desires and see how you will miraculously see them Manifest in your life.
‘Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.’ Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Until the next time, be exposed to positive and godly things that will help you desire positively. Be careful of what you read, see and what you hope for (which is called DESIRE).



Friday, 25 December 2015

MAXIMIZING YOUR TEENAGE HOOD

Every grown up man/woman today was once a teenager. It is an inevitable phase in everyone’s life. It cannot be skipped, jumped or deleted. Teen-hood is an inevitable passage into adulthood, so we sensitize today’s teenagers about the importance of this particular phase of their lives and how to maximise it because it has a whole lot to do with what their future will look like.
Every child within the ages of 12 -19 is a teenager, irrespective of the stature, look or weight. Don’t let your stature make you feel too high or less of yourself.
Dear teenagers, this stage of your life is very crucial to your future because at this stage of your life, your mind becomes more active than before;  you gradually begin to build up your own ideas, views and attitudes about life. Such ideas and views gradually build up a new attitude in you, either good or bad, and they determine your sense choice and decision. Now check out the equation;
 YOUR VIEWS, IDEAS + NEW ATTITUDES = YOUR CHOICE AND DECISION = YOUR FUTURE.
Permit me to tell you that the things you expose your mind to through what you see, hear or read determine your new ideas, views and attitude, and they all determine your future.
For instance, if all what you mind to as a teenager now are books, music, videos and television programmes that place too much value on money, sex and fame, don’t be surprised when you find yourself having a strong desire for such things. In fact, such things become your driving force in life. No wonder there are many youths today who despise hard work and honesty, but will rather do anything to get money in order to impress people. This is because they were exposed to such ungodly lifestyle through what they watch, read or listen to. Now they have developed wrong value system, which is now affecting their ways of life.
Mind you, many of those celebrities you watch or read about are fake, as fake as the makeup they wear. They make you feel life is all about money, fame and sex, but meanwhile, deep inside them, they are unfulfilled and unhappy. Therefore, be careful of what you watch, read or listen to. To balance the equation of life, check out this complete formula;
WHAT YOU SEE, READ AND LISTEN TO = YOUR IDEAS, VIEWS AND ATTITUDE AS A TEENAGER...............Equation 1
YOUR IDEAS, VIEWS AND ATTITUDE = YOUR CHOICES AND DECISIONS AS YOU GROW INTO ADULTHOOD....Equation 2
YOUR CHOICES AND DECISIONS = YOUR FUTURE AS A FULLY GROWN ADULT.........................................Equation 3
Here are my questions for you
1)      What kind of future do you desire for yourself?
2)      What are the things you consistently expose your mind, sight and ears too?
3)     Are the things you watch, read and listen to helping you to build good ideas, views, and attitudes as a teenager?
Ponder deeply on these three questions and be sincere in your answers to them. This stage of your life cannot be skipped, neither can it be repeated. You have just this one life to live, and either you like it or not, we all are products of our yesterday’s choices and decisions. Bear in mind that those choices and decisions were also a result of our ideas, views and attitudes that we developed while growing up as a teenager. Never forget that those ideas, views and attitude were not inborn, they were a result of what we exposed our mind, sight and ears to (maybe videos, real life events, television programmes, novel, discussion, magazine, social media, etc.).
Ponder on these things and begin to make every necessary correction before it’s too late. Life is a fertile field; it gives back to you in multiples whatsoever you plant in it. What are you planting into your life now as a teenager?