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WELCOME TO SELAH’S WORLD

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”.

I Am With You

I Am With You

Isaiah 41:10-13  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you,“Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

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I remember a friend’s story. He lost his job first week of January 2011, he felt miserable and rejected. 6 months down the line, series of applications and vocational jobs all to no avail, it was like God had forsaken him. Armed with his CV, after 3days of fasting and prayer which ended on his birthday, he went to a bluechip company in Lagos from Akure, and demanded to see the Head of Human resources. To cut the story short, without a previous appointment with the man or vacancy advert, he was able to see the man and he was given a job. Till today, my friend can’t explain how it happened.

God’s favour is real. He has promised to be with you; to make way in the wilderness, bring water from the rocks to quench your thirst and to put the gods of your enemies to shame because of you. It is not your job to try and figure how He is going to do it, your job is to believe He can, and you take bold steps to prove your faith. Joel Osteen said, “we have to do our part…we have to have the right attitude” the attitude that says, “I ain’t going to loose faith because my God is faithful and I will not be disappointed because my God keeps His appointments.” An attitude of the son or daughter of the King of kings.

Take bold steps today, He is with you and He never fails.

Almost Doesn’t Count

Almost Doesn’t Count

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I will give it all I have got, I will do what I must do, no compromise on my faith but eyes fixed on my goals. I will not rest till I am celebrated and no sleep till my name is written among the stars, no nearly for me because I know, almost doesn’t count.

Almost doesn’t count, everyone knows that. There is only one position and that is the first position. No one remembers those who almost made it or those that came close but the names of winners are sung all over.

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Life is a race, not against one another but against time. I have so much planned but I have limited time, no matter how close I get before my time ends, it counts for nothing if I did not get there because almost doesn’t count.

Almost doesn’t count, nearly counts for nothing, efforts without result is failure and dreams need to become reality before they count for success. I will keep pushing, I will keep praying, I will persevere and I will not procrastinate, with God on my side I promise I will prosper.

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5 Things You Need To Start

#Checklist: 5 Things You Need To Start

“It remains nothing till you do something, leave a dream too long unattended to and it becomes a nightmare.”

Action is said to be the difference between where you are and where you want to be. However there are 5 major things in my opinion you need before you can start the pursuit of your dreams.

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1. Will
Logic finds it difficult to understand the “Will” concept but that is what makes us humans. Will or willingness needs not be rational, conforming or be popular but so far as you Will it, you will find a way. To activate your dreams you have to be willing to pursue it with every of your resources. When you are willing to make something work, no matter the challenges  that come your way you will still push ahead. It is said that if you desire success as much as you desire to live, then success becomes as easy as breathing.

2. Knowledge
Knowledge is the key to unlock doors of opportunities. Whatever you want to go into you need all the information you can get about it; how others did it, their failures, their successes, their mistakes, their brilliant ideas etc put all these together and see how you can improve. Read, observe, pray and learn! Impossibility is a child of ignorance, knowledge always provides a way.

3. Blueprint
Many brilliant ideas die because we never put them into writing. We all have this moment of brilliance but only the few that are able to write theirs down get the chance to work on them. Put your dreams down, constantly go back to it (them) and see how you can improve. Your blueprint will be your guide when you finally want to implement those brilliant thoughts.

4. Capital
You need to first realize that it is wise to start small so that you don’t fail big. Consider the least amount you need to start, then divide it to the smallest raisable amount. Look at shares for instance, if they want to raise $5billion all they need to do is to offer for sale 5billion shares at $1 each. So if you want to raise $3000, you can look for 15 friends and family who can spare $200 without asking too much questions. However, know that you need healthy contacts to pull this off.

5. Faith
Faith is that inner strength that would keep you going in the face of defeat. Faith helps activate miracles, luck, favour and positive coincidence. When you have faith you will be able to endure, be persistent, be resilient and be resolute. We all need the super to help our natural to become supernatural and that is exactly what faith brings to the table.

They Need Your Prayers

Matt 26:40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

A sister came to confide in me about what she has been enduring for a while now, a series of molestation backed up by countless numbers of sex-text from the head pastor of her parish. I was bittered and my first instinct was to condemn and abuse the pastor but then these words came to me, “They need your prayers”. Instantly i held myself back and i just prayed with the sister and for the pastor. I then advised her to fellowship with another in the meantime.

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The kingdom of hell is threatened by the revival currently going on and in retaliation it has unleashed the spirit of adultery on the church, targetting the heads (strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter). The church needs to rise to this challenge in unison, put our doctrines, our personal differences aside and pray for one another as a church of God

We need to pray for our heads; priests, pastors, choir masters, evangelists etc. We the church need to wake up and keep watch for them. Temptation is at its highest now and the flesh is at its weakest but James 5:16 says Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Remember, these sets of people are those most of us get strength of our faith from, they are the ones that motivate us, they lay hands on us and our family, they must not be possessed, they must not fall, so that the church and christian homes won’t be drawn back.

Brethren, They need your prayers. God bless you as you spare a moment for them in prayers.

What I Feared

What I feared

Job 3:25 What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.

Fear is the ultimate weapon of the devil to restrict our destiny. Fear kills potentials, destroys dreams before they are born and distracts the mind from finding peace. When we fear, that thing which we fear most often ends up happening. When you fear loosing a job, a loved one, valuable assets, life…often times the devil capitalize on those fears and brings the worse to bear, like he did to Job.

“Fear not!” is the most repeated command in the Bible. In fact, it’s been said that there are 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible —one “Fear not” for every day of the year! God knows that we loose so much because we fear. Whatever the nature of your fear; fear of unknown, fear of death, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of abuse etc God is telling you today and everyday, “Fear not”.

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Heed the Word, don’t let fear rob you of your glory. Fear attacts what is feared, courage through faith delivers man’s dream to him. Don’t let anyone put fear in you, not even through visions from men of God for if God shows/says it then He has perfected it. You have been given the Spirit of the Son to ask questions of the Father and not to fear.

So dear, take your “fear not” for today and use it to surmount whatever may be trying to scare you, so that what you fear will not happen to you.

Stay blessed and fear not!

The Fine Art of Mentoring

The Fine Art of Mentoring

By Tommy Kiedis

You’ll go farther faster with a mentor.”

What Is A Mentor?

In his book, The Fine Art of Mentoring, Ted Engstrom provides some helpful historical background to the concept.
The term “mentor,” a catchword surfacing in discussions about leadership development today, arises from an unlikely source. It
first appeared in Greek mythology when Ulysses asked a wise man name Mentor in Homer’s Odyssey to care for his son, Telemachus, while Ulysses was fighting in the Trojan War. Mentor taught the boy ‘not only in book learning but also in the wiles of the world.’ . . . The fabled Mentor must have done his job well, because Telemachus grew up to be an enterprising lad who gallantly helped his father recover his kingdom.

Mentors are wise folks who help us go farther and faster than we could by traveling alone. The Bible is full of mentoring relationships: Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, Solomon and David, and Paul and Timothy to name a few. Here are four ways I have seen the concept defined or explained:
Mentoring is brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and a kick in the pants. John Crosby, The Uncommon Individual Foundation
Mentoring is passing on to others what God has given to you. Ted Engstrom, The Fine Art of Mentoring
A mentor is someone who helps you find your unique voice for kingdom service. Keith R.Anderson & Randy D. Reese, Spiritual Mentoring
A mentor is someone who develops me. John Maxwell
While these descriptions vary, they point out key facets of mentoring:
(1) Mentoring is relational
(2) Mentors invest in their mentees by passing on critical information and skills,
(3) Mentors help mentees find their voice for kingdom service.
In the end, mentoring is transformational.

Five Benefits Of Having A Mentor

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Those who do the hard work of engaging in the mentoring process will reap huge benefits. I use the term “hard work” purposefully. Mentees must seek out their mentor–not an easy task. They must assume the role of student. They must listen. They must be willing to receive constructive criticism. There are no short-cuts to this process. It is profitable but prolonged, joyful but grueling, helpful but hard. Those who endure the process earn the prize:

1. Mentors will impart wisdom
God admonishes us to be wisdom chasers. He says, “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Mentors impart wisdom. The help us understand life and how it works. They do this by sharing life lessons, by revealing key learnings, by probing the inner recesses of our hearts, and by prodding us to dig deeper and try harder. When we walk with them, we too become wise (Proverbs 13:20).

2. Mentors will help you go farther faster Recently, I sat down with Bill Hybels and a small group of pastors for a mentoring session. The three- hour session was free, but I had to invest the time and money to get to Chicago. As I did a preliminarybcost-benefits analysis, I did not intend to participate. The flight and hotel were not cheap, I had a ton of work on my plate, and I didn’t have time! But at the prodding of a friend, I attended the session.
Retrospectively, I would have invested three times what I “paid” for what I gained in those three hours.vRubbing shoulders with that world- class leader, I received some key insight for my own life and a fire-hose of fresh ideas for our church. This is helping me go farther faster. Such is the benefit of mentoring.

3. Mentors will tell you the truth
In the late 80′s and early 90′s I was engaged in doctoral research. I was reading a few thousand pages, thinking very carefully, writing a ton, and formulating a strategic plan for the church I was serving at the time. I had just put my heart-and-soul into a paper and was eagerly looking forward to some well-deserved kudos from my professor, Dr. Roberta Hestenes. Dr. Hestenes was an expert on the subject I had just written about. She reviewed my paper and my strategic plan. Her note was concise and not particularly encouraging, but it was true. I had greatly underestimated the time it would take for my plan to come to fruition. She saw that immediately and told me so. I wanted a pat on the back, but she gave me the truth because that is what I needed to get better. I will never forget that encounter.

4. Mentors will believe in you
While mentors may say the hard words from time-to-time, they are investing time in you because they believe in you. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.” Mentors help us get where we want to go. Like Barnabas, they believe the best. When Paul became a follower of Christ, people avoided him like the plague. Why not? He had been a persecutor of Christian. Barnabas was different. He believed in Paul. And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seenthe Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:26-27. Mentors are important because they see in us what others do not. Then they help draw it out.

5. Mentors will help you find your unique voice
Great mentors don’t try to reproduce a carbon copy of themselves in their mentees. They are not on an ego trip. They recognize that God has given you a voice, a unique role to play in his kingdom. Mentors help you find that voice. Their desire is to help shape you into what God wants you to become.

Why Don’t We Seek Mentors?

There are so many benefits to being mentored one would think that leaders would search for them like Cortez’s treasure. That is not the case.
Why is it that we don’t always seek mentoring relationships? We don’t seek mentors because we are too busy. The mistaken assumption here is “I don’t have time.” The fact is that you don’t have time not to be mentored. Make the time.
We don’t seek mentors because we are too insecure. If you are afraid of having weaknesses revealed you will get stuck in the rut of your own weaknesses. To embrace the opportunity for improvement is to welcome criticism. Put out the welcome mat!
We don’t seek mentors because we are too proud. Proud people have an attitude that says, “You can’t teach me.” Humble people know they can learn from anyone. Emerson said, “In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some
way, and in that I learn from him.”
We don’t seek mentors because we are too afraid to ask. Some people are afraid of having their request to bementored denied. I have two thoughts about this: (1) Don’t say someone’s “No” for them. The person you are thinking
about might be delighted to be asked. (2) Trust God’s providence. God is sovereign. He will provide someone for you, but you must ask. If you get turned down, go ask
someone else. Push past your fear. Get the help you need.

Get Ahead With A Mentor Today
In the article, “Get Ahead With a Mentor Who Scares You,” Jodi Glickman writes, “Go out and find the most qualified or talented mentor, coach, or manager you can, and subject yourself to everything they can throw at you.”
That’s great advice. Act on it. Here are three steps you can take today:
1. Name one area where you want to improve.
2. Name three people within your sphere of relationships who might be able to help you improve.
3. Give one of them a call today.
Invite that person to lunch. Prepare five questions you want
to ask.
Mentors will help you go farther faster. Take a step to get connected with a mentor today!

Mentors and Models

We are all unique, made of special yet dependent talents, which to be developed and shaped, before they can set us apart, to make the difference and fulfill the purpose of God. No matter how good you are, you need people around you who can make you better. To improve you can’t stop learning, special needs to become extra-special.

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Success is not an individual effort, it is more of collective input. Many people will cross your path; some you have to let go off while others you have to hold on to and let them motivate you, like mentors and models.

A model is an icon who represents an idea or belief while a mentor is someone through communication and way of life guides you through life. Whoever, we select to play these roles in our lives, will to a large extent determine how we will end up. I remember back in the days when our models where thugs-blackamerican rap stars, we imbibed violence and many lost their lives or got scarred for life. Bill Clinton got inspired to be a president when he met John F. Kennedy, president and a model while Cliton was growing…the effect of whom you choose.

Who is your mentor? Who is guiding you through life? Who are your role models? TV charaters with false lives, successful entreprenurs or religious icons? It is your decision to make.

It is clear we can’t live life in isolation, in spite of our speciality, we are still inter-dependent. Reach out and learn from people ahead of you while you also help to guide people coming behind you. Let’s shape the world together.

Choose and choose wisely

Mistakes

Mistakes

Mistakes are series of errors in judgement which often cost us much; immediately or some time in the future. Some are just plain risk bore from decisions we take without having all the required information; like trusting a new friend, going into a business, building an idea, breaking new grounds, making assumptions about incidents or just common day to day errors. When it pays off people call it luck or brilliance but when it doesn’t they call it mistake or failure.

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A friend of mine will always say, “it is better to be safe than sorry”, and so true she is safe but not making progress, i am sorry to say. With her life and many others like her, who like to be safe, who don’t want to make mistakes, I have come to understand that without mistakes there can’t be progress. When our fear for mistakes keeps us from trying new ideas, we will remain at the same point for a long time.

Someone said, “My mistakes are no failures, just lessons on how not to do things and they have made me better”. Are you scared of making mistakes or you have made and now you are finding it difficult to move on? Let me tell you this, “Mistakes make you better”. Check the life of people who have claimed not have made mistakes before, you would see they wallow on the same spot, not neccessarily poor but surely without achievements.

Mistakes are not as bad as people would want to paint them for you. Do you know that without mistakes there won’t be inventions? The secret is that you don’t tie your life down to one mishap, move on from it and be creative with the lessons. Don’t play on the sidelines because you don’t want to make mistakes, else you would only feed from crumbs when you have potentials to dine from the main dish.

Yes, you can minimize your mistakes by learning from people who have gone through similar transitions, you can read books, biographies, scriptures etc. These doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes of your own,  but it would be minimal. Mistakes pave way for self discoveries, self defining and self awareness. Mistakes teach you about yourself. I don’t want you to live your life running scared of making mistakes, no mistakes means no discoveries.

When you realize you have made mistakes, when it clear you have fallen, please don’t stay too long on the floor, don’t stay there on the ground of self-pity condemning yourself for the mistake(s). Stand up, dust off the shame and move on. Don’t be scared of making more mistakes, you will get better and eventually breakthrough like Edison, put feet out even if they are wrong, eventually you will get it right like Lincoln. Like those before you learn from those mistakes and never slowdown nor give up.

Show me someone who has not made mistakes and i will show you a living dead.

He Will

He Will

God wants to do so much for you, even if your situation is telling otherwise, don’t stop trusting him. He is bigger than anything you might be passing through.

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Read this from a legend!

He will open up the doorway you never knew was there He will show you many things you knew not hour He will let you know he listens to your every prayer He will save you by the mercy of His love.

He will guide you through life battles, He will give you power He will answer when you call Him night or day He will shine His light upon you in the darkest hour He will love you and go with you all the way.

He will take you by the hand and lead you as you would a child Down the straight and narrow aisle to satan’s mill He will take you when the time is right and in just a little while He will love you and go with you all the way.

He will give you life eternal He will He will…

By Jim Reeves

Tom, Dick and Harry

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Thomas, Dickson and Harrison are 3 boys in a school called Living-In Free Education. They like very student in the school came with nothing but hoped to achieve excellence before passing out. In the school they are allowed to have school parents who are senior students, they act as guide. These 3 boys lived independent life of their own and all achieved result of what they lived.

Thomas, a very out spoken boy, had school parents who are doing well, but Thomas was never serious. He doesn’t study neither would he listen to teachings. He sees the school as one big party. When his school parents try to warn him he just tells them it is his own education. In the end he failed exams after exams and he remained on the same spot till he was advised to withdraw.

Dickson is a very loving boy and subtle in approach. He had comfortable school parents. Dickson like Thomas partied too during the semester but when exams approach he does quick reading and goes back to his school parents for guidance. With each exam he passed like an average student, even when he didn’t do well he kept on pushing till he graduated like an average student.

Harrison is very devoted to his studies, though he finds time to party if need be but in moderation. His school parents love him because he listens to their every word even though he doesn’t accept all especially those that are not in accordance with what he has been thought in class. Harrison passed all his exams in style, in the end achieved excellence and was celebrated.

We are all a student of Living-In Free Education (LIFE), our parents are our school parents who are to guide us. The exams are life’s tests; some of us are prepared for them by reading scriptures and learning from others before us while others see life as one big party. In the end when trials come, the party type breaks down and wallow in self pity but the prepared ones find solace in what they have learnt and this takes them through the trials as a better person.

Today you can examine yourself how do you take life? Are you a Thomas, a Dickson or a Harrison? We all have a choice to be a better person irrespective of our background, past experience or mistakes. Even when we have failed in certain areas, we can still pick ourselves up and move on. The sweetest stories of success start with the roughest of roads.

P.S. Thank you all for taking your time to read and my special appreciation goes to everyone that has been influenced in the right direction through this page. May God’s mercy never cease on us.

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