The breakfast of champions.

No obstacle will leave you the way it found you. You will be better or worse. Your prayers cannot remove trials, temptations or unwanted situations. Problems are the price of progress. People think this earth is a bed of roses, they are told that if they are in Christ everything is settled. They dream to live comfortable immediately they confess Christ. Sorry, the day you accepted Christ as your personal Lord and saviour your battles began immediately. The good news is that the spirit to overcome is in you.

The obstacles of life are intended to make us better. The truth is that if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed. Not that we have to pray for problems but the biggest successes are the ones who solve the biggest problems.

The Bible is a book of problems filled with stories of men and women who faced incredible challenges and with God’s help overcame them and found themselves at another level. Great trials are the necessary preparation for greatness. Consider what Jesus said,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

So far as you are in this world you are not exempted from tribulations. It is part of your calling. You cannot be approved for a reward when you have not passed through the examination of life. These tribulations are not funny, easy or something that is enjoyable. The test you are going to experience will need you to be strong, faithful and unwavering in your confessions. That is not the time to start asking God, ‘why me?’, ‘God why are You not answering me?’. What you say determines how far you will go.

Jabez encountered poverty problems before his story changed (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). Abraham was tested to offer up Isaac after long years of barreness (Hebrews 11:17). It was not easy for Joshua to get to the promised land, he needed to fight wars, faced death situations, destroyed Jericho before he crossed over (Joshua 6). Jesus had to run to another city when He heard John the Baptist was beheaded, He disappeared twelve times when they plotted to kill Him (Matthew 14:10:13).

You are not the first to encounter such problems neither will you be the last. Your experiences are not the worst. Other people had suffered similar fate or worst scenarios than yours. Get yourself together, focus on your strengths not your weaknesses, talk less and pray more, believe more and show no worries, read the Scriptures daily and disassociate yourself from unproductive discussions, think of the reward and not the situation.

When you encounter obstacles, you will discover things about yourself that you never really knew. You will also find out what you really believe. Every problem introduces a person to himself.

The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s problems.

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Change your word to change your world.

I sat down to analyze what people say, how they say it, who they say it to and when they say it. I discovered that most of what people say depends on what happens to them at the moment.

Do you know that what you say has a way of affecting your destiny positively or negatively? In troubled times, in heartbreaks, in challenges, in affliction, in uncomfortable situations, what do you say? Sometimes you curse the day you were born, you curse your children at every slightest provocation, you say vulgar and destructive words, you abuse people unnecessarily, you speak against your life, you say to yourself, ‘I am finished, my life is in shambles, I can’t make it, I am cursed ….’

Change your confession if you want progression, change your words if you want to change your world. The words you speak are powerful. They don’t just disappear into thin air, they are recorded in the spirit and manifest later when you must have forgotten.

Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”.

Spoken words are not ordinary, they are spirits in spoken word. It was by a spoken word that the world was created, it was by a spoken word that everything you see today came into existence. Look at what Jesus said in John 6:63 says,

“…….. the words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life”.

Simply speaking, the words we speak are spirit-oriented. They bring life or destruction depending on what we say. When in trouble say, It is well‘, in setbacks say, I am lifted, when nobody seems to help you say, The Lord is my helper‘, in financial challenges say, ‘I am living in prosperity‘, when in death scenario say, I am not deing now, I will fulfill my purpose on earth‘, in lack say, The Lord shall provide‘.

It sounds funny, ridiculous, crazy isn’t it? It looks bizarre and unprovable but the fact remains that everything visible and invisible is a product of an utterance. The carnal mind does not understand the things of the spirit. Your life cannot change for good if you still speak the wrong things to yourself. There is power in your tongue. The power to create the invisible is in your tongue. Some of the things you may be suffering now may be as a result of the negative words of your parents, spouse, friends or relatives you offended. Yes, that’s the truth. If you have seriously offended anyone ask for pardon.

Change your confession. Speak positive words no matter the circumstance. Whatever you want to see today speak to it, don’t stop saying it, keep on saying it.

Your word is your sword, your sword cuts the negative cord. If you can speak the right word, you can create the right world.

Change your boiling point into your turning point.

I remember when I was in the high school learning sciences. I was made to understand that water boils at one hundred degrees centigrade. Meaning, water cannot boil except it gets to hundred degrees. For you to use the hot water effectively it must be allowed to boil to such degree. It turns out to be a natural phenomena.

If you want to have a positive change in your life then get ready to turn your boiling point into your turning point. Change is evidence of life. It is impossible to grow without change. The truth is, life is always having boiling points – challenges, troubles, ups and downs, struggles and unforseen circumstances. The ability to change these boiling points into turning points makes you superordinary.

Job 14:14 says, “If a man dies can he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes”.

There are days of hard service, days when things get out of hand, times when it seems your life is crumbling, weeks when you had heartbreaks of your spouse dumping you for another person, months when your children hated you for no just reason, years when you were never rewarded for your diligence at work, days when you hardly trust no one because your most trusted friend gave you the shock of your life, uncountable times when you tried to stop that life of drunkeness, controlling your excessive anger and living ungodly. These are your boiling points. You must change them into your turning points, without it you cannot get to your sailing points.

Change is coming your way. Change. Does this word scare or inspire you. People want progress but they don’t want to pass through the boiling times. You must recognize that change is your greatest ally. The person who never changes his opinion, never corrects his mistakes, never tries to accept the reality of life is only a tourist in a dreamland. The fact is, the road to success is always under construction. Don’t end up like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.

You cannot become what you are destined to be by remaining what you are. Do not fear change; it is the unchangeable law of increase.

Everything you are experiencing is just for a while, it will fizzle out. Remember, He that sits on His throne neither sleeps nor slumber.

Never fall at your point of your deliverance. You never can tell when God will show up.

IMITATION IS LIMITATION.

When was the last time someone said to you “You’re different!” I believe that you and I are supposed to stand out, not blend in.

Consider what 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.

What a powerful affirmation of who you are. Chosen for good, royal in all ramifications, unique personality, wonderful in nature and awesome in appearance, specially made, called to proclaim praises to God. Hmmm! I think I love this bible verse, it makes me rejuvenated and filled, what do you think?

What are you waiting for? Brace up to your expectations. You’re not a carbon copy nor are you a resemblance of anything living or dead. You’re a masterpiece, a masterclass, a mastermind of great value.

Never allow anyone to downsize or downgrade you, belittle you or make you feel less important. Abandon that inferiority complex and wear the garment of an unlimited being.

Dare to be what you are. Think about it: Aren’t most of the discontented people you know trying to be something they are not or trying to do something they are not supposed to do? Resolve to be yourself.

Most people live their entire lives as complete strangers to themselves. Don’t let that happen to you. The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position. The opposite of courage is not fear. It’s conformity. The most exhausting and frustrating thing in life is to live it trying to be someone else.

My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier you will become a general, if you become a monk you will end up as a pope”. So, I became a pastor and transformed as an international preacher of the gospel. You can’t become great by imitation. Imitation is limitation. Don’t be a copy of something. Make your own impression.

Even if you want to imitate, imitate Jesus. Shalom.

Stop waiting, you are wasting.

It is not wrong to wait for something or wait on God but you will be wasting if you don’t know that the waiting is over and it is time to take action. The truth is; there is no right time, the right time is now. It is not every time you pray that requires waiting because sometimes the answers come instantly and what you need do is to be sensitive to it.

Look at what happened to a certain man at the pool of Bethesda who wasted thirty-eight years waiting for the angel to stir the water before he would be healed while his miracle was under his nose.

John 5:3-4 says, (3) In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the movement of the water (4) For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had”.

What a horrible situation! Thousands of sick people waiting for a certain time to get healed and one person was to be healed. Isn’t that serious?

Now Jesus came to the scene, He never waited for the angel to stir the water, He healed him immediately and left. The man was the only person healed, why? I thought Jesus would heal more people but He withdrew from the multitude (John 5:13). I will tell you the reason.

The reason is that none of them believed they could stir the water by faith and get healed. They never acted or believed there would be a way out except the angel appears. They were all blind, lame and paralyzed spiritually. Your miracle is by your side but you are too afraid to stir it up. You are waiting for someone or the right time to receive the answers to your prayers instead of possessing it.

The man that was healed never knew Jesus or heard of him. Jesus healed him to stir up the faith of others as the angel did but they were spiritually blind to understand the things of the spirit. Stop wasting your time waiting for a great opportunity, the opportunity is right at your door step, right under your nose. Your prayer has been answered but your mind is too clouded, unsettled and unstable to concentrate and see it.

What have you been waiting for? What have you been believing to happen in your life? What have you prayed to achieve? Don’t be surprised that God had answered you but the problem is you failed to focus.

Stop waiting, stop wasting, stop guessing, stop digressing and start progressing.

You are too quiet for my liking.

The year has started running. The year is not waiting for anybody and before the twinkle of an eye the year will come to an end. You’re still waiting for the right time to act. Let me tell you plainly, you are too quiet for my liking.

You don’t just sit down there and think everything will go as you think. No, it doesn’t work that way. Get out from your slumber and hit the streets, hit the business world, hit your energy into your greater ministry, hit the cities and announce yourself, hit the regions of the earth and announce your thoughts, proposal, scientific research, your generational ideas, hit the automobile world with your initiative, marketing skills, medical opinions, your art, your football talent, your writing skills, your ability to transform minds through training, hit the crusades and teach this gospel like never before, hit the political world and announce your intentions to be elected, hit the education sector and showcase your research methods, hit the economy sector and prove your economic theory, hit the building sector with your architectural designs. Speak out your mind to those you believe can listen to you. You can’t be quiet and think you will overcome. Let me shock you with the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 11:12, it says:

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”.

Did you hear that!! You’re living in your days, no longer in the days of John the Baptist. The kingdom of heaven is within you according to Luke 17:21. Replicate what happens in heaven by taking your destiny violently and by force.

The word force and violence doesn’t mean fighting or being destructive in nature; it means being radical, unstoppable, determined, having an unquenchable fire in your spirit to dominate your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus knew the secret of taking control using spiritual force. You now pray quietly, sing to God quietly, dance for God quietly, preach quietly, confront deadly issues quietly. You’re now cold to situations of life. I am not saying you don’t need a quiet spirit but being quiet spiritually is a sign of defeat. I implore you to abandon this what will be will be spirit and project yourself into a more formidable approach to be victorious no matter the cost. Your time is already ticking.

Quiet people live a quiet life and they leave the earth quietly but forceful people live a forceful life and they leave the earth with their kingdom. You got to choose one of them.

Have you read the book God wrote about you?

A lot of people think they are just existing. They think life is just a journey. Do you know that before you were born there was a script written concerning your life on earth? You are meant to act based on what the Scriptwriter has written. Unfortunately, most people had abandoned their original script and decided to act on the script of somebody else. The original script is your purpose on earth and the Scriptwriter is God. David discovered this secret and wrote in Psalms 40:7,

Then I said, ” Behold I come; In the scroll of the Book it is written of me”.

There is a book that is written of you. The book contains what you will become, what you will pass through, what you will achieve, your challenges, your wilderness experience, your glory, your purpose and what you are born to do for God.

The problem is that you abandoned your book and you are busy reading and acting on another person’s lines. That is why you are finding it difficult to fit in. Don’t wish to be another person, be yourself. You chose to practice medicine while the script says you have to be pastoring in the house of God. You decided to work in the company while your script says you have to build a place to take care of the less privileged. The chapters of your book demand that you live in prosperity but you thought you could enrich yourself by gambling, unfortunately you found yourself in abject poverty. 

You are frustrated because you don’t know the purpose of your life. You have tried a whole lot of things just to make a meaning out of life, the more you try, the more it gets worse. Why? You are not working and living according to the divine book written for you.

This world is controlled by books. We have the Book of life (Revelation 20:15). The book of the law (Joshua 8:34). The book of the living (Psalms 69:28). Book of the wars of the Lord (Numbers 21:14). The book of the covenant (Exodus 24:7). The book of remembrance (Malachi 3:16). Even the Bible you are reading is enshrined in a book.

Where is the book written for you? Look for it. Search every page in it. Read word to word. Study it with diligence and you will realize how long you have derailed. In your book you are born to rule, born to win, born to prosper, born to make a difference, born to do the impossible, born to achieve, born to be at the top and born unto salvation.

Your book is how you look. Look for your book and book for your destiny.