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” People like to think that the opposite of fear is courage, when in fact the opposite of fear is faith. When you have faith to overcome your fears, you realize you had courage all along.” – Unknown

When you believe, you would come to realize that “nothing is impossible”.

Second Chance

Second Chance

“People make mistakes and in other to make up for them they make worse ones but if you give them a second chance they may surprise you.”

Often times people wrong us, like humans that we are, forgiveness often comes slowly and most times at a price of writing those people off. Life is not as straight-forward as we often want to see it, a friend today an enemy tomorrow and an enemy today can be a friend tomorrow. People change and most times people who have wronged you before end up being the most loyal because they have a point to prove.

If someone fooled you once, it is that person’s fault but if same person fools you the second time it is your fault. Second chance doesn’t mean trust, it means forgiveness and giving the person opportunity to try again, letting go of the offense and not the offender, keeping the lessons and not malice because “a black pot can still produce a white pap”.

If you think you deserve a second chance then giving others shouldn’t be an issue

Gaming You

He is gaming you if…
…He tells you to keep the relationship secret ‘cos no one needs to know for now.
…He can’t disclose his source of income to you, ‘cos he likes to keep his job separate from his relationship
…All he asks for is sex anytime you are alone, ‘cos he thinks you are irresistible.
…He never talks of the future nor does he want to know what your plans are.
…He dodges every opportunity to meet your family claiming it is too early and you need to take things slow.
…He is giving you all you want with no questions asked nor cautioning.
…He guard his phone like his life would end if any other person touches it.

She is gaming you if…
…She keeps ending her calls when you are around or picks it and start giving the yes…no…yes response.
…She is keeping you away from her friends and family, telling you not just yet.
…She doesn’t advise you to save and plan for the future
…She has so many uncles that can not be accounted for on her family tree
…She sees nothing bad in you keeping late night, drinking and living fast life.
…She is spending more money than she is earning and travels so much just to do nothing.

These facts are not absolute but like the hands on the wall, they have something to write. Be careful!

Do What You Love

“Do what you love and never work a day in your life”

Passed down to us is the wrong notion that to be successful we need to go to school, come out in flying colors and get employed. I can’t fault those who passed this notion down to us because they were limited by the information available to them. Have you taken time to look around recently? If you have, you would have seen that what are being celebrated now are talents and skills and not qualifications and good grammatical tenses.

Scholars often get the good jobs like was promised but how many good jobs guarantee fame and fortune? It is said that salary feeds you but owing your own job gives you enough to feed others. Get close to most salary earners before the end of a month they are already broke waiting for another salary. J M Keyes, said in one of his write ups, that salary is to ensure a worker has enough to keep him coming back for more (modern slave trade if you ask me).

When you don’t build your own fortune others will hire you to build theirs. Time has gone pass getting a good grade and a good job to succeed. To build a fortune these days you need to identify what you are good at and go into it. Don’t get me wrong, not all would be able to identify what they good at, of course if all do, who would serve the successful ones. However, the fact remains that we are all unique and blessed with something special. We can’t all be footballer, artist, artiste, musician, designers, consultant, writer, business mogul, programmer but we can be so many other things that will set us apart.

Many have great plans but would tell you they need to work for some time to earn capital to start but most never get to start. Some pay are so handsome they give illusion of success, you will relax and think this is the life but my friend illusions never change to something real. No pay can be comforting as the one assured by what you set up yourself. Little wonder it is said that “Do what you love and never work a day in your life”

Academics is the background of being able to relate with the modern world it will be a fatal error for anyone to take it with levity. However in the end, finding what you are good at, developing it and doing it profitable is what will take you to your dream. You might need to start very (very) small but with persistence you would make it big and most likely employ those brains you knew in school who couldn’t figure out what talent they possess.

Relationship Violence

Relationship Violence

In my last post on this group (Selah’ Relationship Management (SRM) -facebook group), I asked some questions which I guessed everyone was too shy to respond to. Well here are the questions again, “Is there a sufficient reason for a man to beat a woman be it wife, girl-friend or sister? If there is what could it be?”

I asked the above questions when I heard the story of a beautiful young girl (banker by profession) who despite having so many admirers stuck to a guy (Teacher by profession) who beats her blue-black at the slightest provocation. Why was I puzzled?!? Well, despite all the beating, the girl would not leave the guy. I asked myself is that true love on the part of the lady or low-self esteem? If it is true love then what could she have been doing to provoke the guy’s wrath? And finally, is there a sufficient reason to beat a lady?

These questions, difficult to answer though, underline the increasing relationship violence amongst youth and newly weds. Few months back, a lady I used to know was pushed intentionally and fell in front of a moving vehicle by her boyfriend over allegations of cheating, this happened in a town in southwest Nigeria. The vehicle ran over her and she eventually died. Being jealous shows that you care but when it becomes excessive, it is termed as obsession and that is dangerous.

Amongst other personal issues, things that could lead to relationship violence includes: social media usage, bad temper, poverty and frustration, obsession, drunkenness, controlling mentality, lack of trust, kept secrets, discoveries that were not discussed etc. Some people are just that way though, for them it is more about their upbringing and their believe about life and role of women.

In any book, divorce or breakup is not the solution to relationship violence but neither will I advise a brutalized lover to wait till fatal accident or death comes knocking. My sincere advice is that whoever is caught up in this situation, should do the following…(1) seek the expert advice of a therapist and/relationship counselor, (2) get both families involved in the conflict resolution, (3) if not married yet make sure he changes before you agree to marriage, (4) if married study him to know when you need to avoid him so you don’t get battered and (5) finally pray for God’s intervention and guidance, remember the heart of kings are in his hands.

Share love not violence!

Self Belief

Self Belief

“It is not what people call you that makes you who you are, it is what you call your self that defines you.”

A champion becomes a champion not the day he wins his first gold medal but the day he starts seeing himself as a winner. In football (my favorite sport), it is not enough for a team to have good players, the players must have that winning mentality and believe in each others potentials before they can attain success.

Self-belief! As a success story in the making, you need to believe you can be successful. It pains me when I ask people “why didn’t you try that?”, and the response I get is “I don’t think I can do it”. I understand we all have capabilities but it is not for us to set limits for ourselves. Take boxers for example, before a fight everyone talks tough, trying be in the proper frame of mind and create a winning believe, because they know nothing motivates more than self belief.

Some say self-belief involves naming it and claiming it, I quite agree. Sometimes you have to repeat some words to yourself till you start believing them like; I am a success, I am the best, I can make it, there is no stopping me, I can do this etc and before you know it, it will stick in your subconscious and you will become what you call yourself. A preacher once said if you call yourself old, wrinkles will look for you, if you call yourself doomed, damnation will come look for you and positively so if you call yourself blessed, great success will locate you.

Don’t conceive defeat even before you are faced with challenges, always have that mentality that you can do all things. You can never know your limits till you have tried and even if you fail, it still doesn’t mean you have reached your limit often times it means you need to stretch a bit more.

Believe in yourself, test new limits, speak works of faith into you life, even if you think you are satisfied think of those you can help with a little more extra.

Temptation

Temptation

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man

Contrary to the believe of many that God tempts man, James 1:13 says “…for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man”. God is no man that He will lie, He is not an architect of confusion neither will He orchestrate evil. Temptation is the sole work of the devil to prove to God that man (you and me) only serves, loves and obeys God when man is comfortable.

I know you will be saying “no leaf can fall from a tree without God’s knowledge”.

“His knowledge, Yes! His consent, Yes! But His doing, No! God does not do evil”

It is true that God allows temptation to know how much we are willing to sacrifice for Him, the depth of our love for him, to take us to a higher level of faith and blessings, sometimes to draw us closer to Him and most times to prove the devil wrong in our lives. What the devil has planned to our disadvantage, God has allowed it to our advantage. However, He would not allows us to be tempted beyond our faith, hence if we persevere we would move higher after everything.

“1 Cor 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Temptation is a situation that puts two options before us “our selfishness” or “God’s selflessness”. Temptation could be in form of simple tests, examples; lie or get caught, sleep with the boss or get sacked, steal or go hungry etc. It could also come in form of big tests (tribulations) loss of family(like Job in the bible), disability, lose of job, false accusations, a believer with terminal disease etc. Temptations are aimed at one thing, devil wants us to deny God and perish.

We can rise above all temptations if we are resolved to love God no matter what. In the face of trials or tribulations; be it loss, hunger, sack, lack, unanswered prayers, devastations, natural disasters etc, we should show that we are resolute to put God first. That we don’t only love God because it’s good times, that even in bad situations we would do His will.

Telling your boss “sack me if you must but my body is the temple of God”, telling that sickness or disability that if God has permitted you in my body it is to glorify His Holy name in testimony, telling that urge for premarital sex, drunkenness, getting high, deceit, backbiting, fornication etc that “old things have passed away all things have become a new, I will not go back to my past because I have been delivered through Christ Jesus.”

If you can endure my dear reader, like the scripture promised, you shall be blessed. “James 1:12 BLESSED is the man that endureth temptation.” God never fails in His promise and God never fails His people.

Hold Fast and Stay Blessed

This is one of the earliest books I read and really impacted on my foundation. Although over time, with more self-awareness and better understanding of the power my faith carries, I no longer believe in some of its tenets (Laws) but one thing is sure, it still forms core my bases of understanding people’s intentions and actions.

I am sharing it with you not because I want to build in you tyranny but to widen your horizon as well as give you insight to why some powerful people are the way they are. Finally, know that no knowledge is lost, what you don’t need will make you realize what you need.

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

Law 1

Never Outshine the Master

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior.  In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity.  Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.

Law 2

Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies

Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy.  They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove.  In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies.  If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

 Law 3

Conceal your Intentions

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions.  If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense.  Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.

 Law 4

Always Say Less than Necessary

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control.  Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike.  Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.  The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.

 Law 5

So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life

Reputation is the cornerstone of power.  Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides.  Make your reputation unassailable.  Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen.  Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations.  Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.

 Law 6

Court Attention at all Cost

Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing.  Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion.  Stand out.  Be conspicuous, at all cost.  Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.

  Law 7

Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit

Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause.  Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed.  In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered.  Never do yourself what others can do for you.

 Law 8

Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary

When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control.  It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process.  Lure him with fabulous gains – then attack.  You hold the cards.

 Law 9

Win through your Actions, Never through Argument

Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory:  The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion.  It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word.  Demonstrate, do not explicate.

 Law 10

Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease.  You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster.  The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you.  Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

Law 11

Learn to Keep People Dependent on You

To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted.  The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have.  Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear.  Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.

 Law 12

Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim

One sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones.  Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people.  Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will.  A timely gift – a Trojan horse – will serve the same purpose.

 Law 13

When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest,

Never to their Mercy or Gratitude

If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and good deeds.  He will find a way to ignore you.  Instead, uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion.  He will respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself.

 Law 14

Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy

Knowing about your rival is critical.  Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you a step ahead.  Better still: Play the spy yourself.  In polite social encounters, learn to probe.  Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions.  There is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying.

 Law 15

Crush your Enemy Totally

All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely.  (Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.)  If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out.  More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation:  The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge.  Crush him, not only in body but in spirit.

 Law 16

Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor

Too much circulation makes the price go down:  The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear.  If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired.  You must learn when to leave.  Create value through scarcity.

 Law 17

Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability

Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s actions.  Your predictability gives them a sense of control.  Turn the tables: Be deliberately unpredictable.  Behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them off-balance, and they will wear themselves out trying to explain your moves.  Taken to an extreme, this strategy can intimidate and terrorize.

 Law 18

Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere – everyone has to protect themselves.  A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from – it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target.  Better to circulate among people find allies, mingle.  You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd.

 Law 19

Know Who You’re Dealing with – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person

There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way.  Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge.  They are wolves in lambs’ clothing.  Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then – never offend or deceive the wrong person.

 Law 20

Do Not Commit to Anyone

It is the fool who always rushes to take sides.  Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself.  By maintaining your independence, you become the master of others – playing people against one another, making them pursue you.

 Law 21

Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark

No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons.  The trick, is to make your victims feel smart – and not just smart, but smarter than you are.  Once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you may have ulterior motives.

 Law 22

Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power

When you are weaker, never fight for honor’s sake; choose surrender instead.  Surrender gives you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to wane.  Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you – surrender first.  By turning the other check you infuriate and unsettle him.  Make surrender a tool of power.

 Law 23

Concentrate Your Forces

Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point.  You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another – intensity defeats extensity every time.  When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.

 Law 24

Play the Perfect Courtier

The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity.  He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the mot oblique and graceful manner.  Learn and apply the laws of courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court.

 Law 25

Re-Create Yourself

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you.  Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience.  Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you.  Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.

 Law 26

Keep Your Hands Clean

You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds.  Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws to disguise your involvement.

Law 27

Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something.  Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow.  Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking.  Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf.  In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.

 Law 28

Enter Action with Boldness

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it.  Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution.  Timidity is dangerous:  Better to enter with boldness.  Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity.  Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.

 Law 29

Plan All the Way to the End

The ending is everything.  Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others.  By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop.  Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead.

 Law 30

Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease.  All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed.  When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more.  Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work – it only raises questions.  Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you.

 Law 31

Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal

The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice:  Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets.  Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose.  Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose.  Put them on the horns of a dilemma:  They are gored wherever they turn.

 Law 32

Play to People’s Fantasies

The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant.  Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment.  Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert:  Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.

 Law 33

Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall.  That weakness is usual y an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure.  Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage.

  Law 34

Be Royal in your Own Fashion:  Act like a King to be treated like one

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you.  For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others.  By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

 Law 35

Master the Art of Timing

Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time.  Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually.  Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power.  Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.

 Law 36

Disdain Things you cannot have:  Ignoring them is the best Revenge

By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility.  The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it.  It is sometimes best to leave things alone.  If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it.  The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. 

Law 37

Create Compelling Spectacles

Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power – everyone responds to them.  Stage spectacles for those around you, then full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence.  Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing.

Law 38

Think as you like but Behave like others

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them.  They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior.  It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.

Law 39

Stir up Waters to Catch Fish

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive.  You must always stay calm and objective.  But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage.  Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings.

Law 40

Despise the Free Lunch

What is offered for free is dangerous – it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation.  What has worth is worth paying for.  By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit.  It is also often wise to pay the full price – there is no cutting corners with excellence.  Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.

Law 41

Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s Shoes

What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after.  If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them.  Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making:  Establish your own name and identity by changing course.  Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.

Law 42

Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter

Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual – the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoned of goodwill.  If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence.  Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them – they are irredeemable.  Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them.  Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter.

Law 43

Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others

Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you.  You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction.  A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn.  And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses.  Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear.  Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you.

Law 44

Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect

The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy.  The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact.  By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson.  Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect.

Law 45

Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once

Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit.  Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt.  If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things.  If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past.

Law 46

Never appear too Perfect

Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses.  Envy creates silent enemies.  It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable.  Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.

Law 47

Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop

The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril.  In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat.  Do not allow success to go to your head.  There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning.  Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop.

Law 48

Assume Formlessness

By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack.  Instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move.  Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed.  The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order.  Everything changes.

Build A Team

Managing people and resources has taught me an important lesson: You win as a team and you almost always fail when you act as if you can do everything on your own. As a team you will have all the resources you need with people of different strengths.

It is so very important to have a strong team at work. Daniel became highly sought after in babylon because he had a strong team – “the Hebrew men”. The coming of our Lord Jesus became successful because he raised a strong team – “the Apostles”.

You need a team, team of friends with same vision as you, with same conviction as those you stand for. In modern time, Mark Zuckerberg had a great team and that was how facebook came to being. People say your kind of friends say a lot about how far you will go. Pick a solid team, pick a team not just friends but family that would always be there for one another.

Dear friend, never underestimate the power of “coming together”. It is true that without vision, the people will perish, it is also truer that without people, a vision will perish! After God, my friends are my greatest asset. They constantly. bring out the best in me.

By Nathaniel Taiwo

Whatever it is that you are going through, whatever it is that troubles your mind, whatever it is you are expecting… read these words or if you know the song, sing it and have faith, God is in control!

“I know that I can make it
I know that I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands
With Jesus I can take it
With Him I know I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands

You don’t have to worry
And don’t you be afraid
Joy comes in the morning
Troubles they don’t last always
For there’s a friend in Jesus
Who will wipe your tears away
And if your heart is broken
Just lift your hands and say
I know that I can make it
I know that I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands
With Jesus I can take it
With Him I know I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands

So when your tests and trials
They seem to get you down
And all your friends and loved ones
Are nowhere to be found
Remember there’s a friend in Jesus
Who will wipe your tears away
And if you heart is broken
Just lift your hands and say
I know that I can make it
I know that I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands
With Jesus I can take it
With Him I know I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands

By Kirk Franklin

An Open Door No Man Can Shut

Rev 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
There is always an open door for you if you keep God’s Word. Door that no man, irrespective of his position and power can shut. This door is not kept open by your strength nor by your wisdom but by the power of God. The door could be that opportunity you have been waiting for, that job you desire, that man that would be your life partner or that sickness you need healing for. Whatever it is you are waiting on God for, the door is open for answered prayer if you keep His Word.

The Word of God goes beyond reading the bible dogmatically and using to criticize others and their believes. The Word of God is Christ in your heart guiding your every thought, moves, utterances and dealings. God is still in the business of doing miracles. He sent Christ (His Word) to further establish this; Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me (Christ), because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…”

To keep the Word of God in your heart is to love God through Christ Jesus. To love God, not only for miracles that you are hoping for but to love Him enough to obey Him, to love and value all his creations (Works), to worship and fear him at all times and in turn He would satisfy all your needs according to His riches in glory.

If this is the case with you, if you have chosen to keep His Word in your heart and you are not ashamed of His name, in one minute, tell God that thing you need an open door for…
It shall come to pass in Jesus Name and before the end of this month you shall have testimonies. Amen

Please share this with your friends and colleagues and let them share in the miracle that will follow.

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