By: Pastor Henry
Pain is not just a physical or emotional thing there is also the pain of obedience! (3 John 1:2.)
The Word of God tells us that God wants us to be blessed. He wants us to prosper.
To do this, we need to find out what the guidelines and the spiritual laws are that lead to prosperity and blessing. And there’s one thing that stands between knowing and doing:
Pain is not just a physical or emotional thing there is also the pain of obedience. For example, if we hear about giving, and then go home and God puts it on our heart to give away a favorite possession, we’re going to feel some pain. Our flesh is not going to cheer us on.
How about the pain of forgiving someone or not getting back at someone who has hurt us? We could talk for hours about being submissive to authority and we wouldn’t feel any pain. But wait until the first time someone tells us to do something and we don’t want to do it.
The Bible talks about those who progress and those who don’t. It talks about the Word of God being sown like a seed into different types of hearts. Some people are fine. They hear the Word, receive it with joy and are all excited until they receive some opposition.
See Mark 4 ; It’s the same thing when it comes
But we also need to know there are some new problems that come along as a result of becoming a Christian. You get rid of an old set of problems, and you inherit new ones.
A Christian is one who is completely fearless, continually cheerful, and constantly in trouble.” We need to be aware of the fact that the Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. In fact, the Bible tells us, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” Acts 14:22 NKJV.
But why does God allow trials and hardships in the life of the Christian? Let us look at one of the reasons.
First, adversity levels us and keeps us humble. Prosperity has a tendency to make people proud and self-sufficient. We don’t think we need God when we have a wallet full of a lot of money both in the bank, investments and good health. So we sort of ignore God. But when an economy crashes just as it is happening in our country Nigeria or when something bad happen , we turn to God because we are reminded of what really matters. As the psalmist said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (Psalm 119:67).
So Let’s choose to be doers of the Word so that progress and blessing come into our lives. And let’s be willing to push through the pain , With steadfast determination and patience, we will continually move forward in our walk with God.
The power and influence of people over our lives Is underestimated or even ignored by most of us. The world is a network: from one man, came the world’s population. We are conected and can not do with other people either in the family, school, market, office, church, mosque, business, social gathering, as friends, as neighbor, as partners, as passengers etc.
If you noticed, 10 years ago in Lagos State, all bus drivers need a conductor to shadow (collect transport fee) their buses for them, but now it is the passengers that shadows themselves and deliver the payment to the driver. Every vision, mission, desire, goal or adventure can’t be be achieved without the involvement of people.
Folks let’s reflect on these secrets;
1. Your BIRTH came through ‘Others’
2. Your NAME was given by ‘Others’
3. You were EDUCATED by ‘Others’
4. Your INCOME indirectly comes through ‘Others’
5. Your RESPECT is given by ‘Others’
6. Your first BATH was given by ‘Others’
7. Your last BATH will be done by ‘Others’
8. Your FUNERAL will be organized by ‘Others’
9. You will be taken to your FINAL RESTING PLACE by ‘Others’
10. EVERYTHING you owned will be inherited by ‘Others’
Why, then, do some of us let our EGO, CAREER, MONEY, BELIEFS, GREED, SELFISHNESS, KNOWLEDGE, POWER, OPPORTUNITY, SUCCESS etc. undermine the worth of ‘Others’ in our lives, when we are so dependent on – Others.
Isn’t it high time we learn to live in peace and harmony with ‘Others’. because all through our lives, at one point or the ‘Other’, we will need each ‘Other’…My brothers and sisters, let’s learn from people’s mistake and make corrections
By WOLE SOYINKA
The Ibos want Biafra. The North wants Ibo’s exit. The Yorubas want Ibo’s exit. The Ibos are saying “we have investments in your areas and cannot leave them” And the fight is being cooked. Amongst all these, the President was in London!
Governors are sharing bailout funds. Workers salaries were not paid. Government officials have their children schooling abroad. Ministers and senators are looting
The poor Hausa man is riding Okada. The poor Ibo man is riding Okada. The poor Yoruba man is riding Okada. The poor Hausa man sleeps under the bridge as Alamajiri. The poor Yoruba man sleeps under the bridge as Alaye. The poor Ibo man sleeps under the bridge as agbero. It is pertinent to note that the poor from all ethnic groups in Nigeria have everything in common and so is the rich.
Do not allow the agitation of an Ibo man who lives in UK or USA for Biafra cause the killing of the Ibo man in Adamawa. The rich hate us that much. Do not allow the Alhaji whose children are living abroad to persuade you to go and start killing on the street of Kaduna.
The problem in the country is not the agitation of any ethnic group but the unity of the elite and the disunity of the masses. How many times have you taken your agitation to question your local government Chairmen?
Why have you not asked your Governors through agitation how they spent bailout fund? Why have you not agitated against that government official whose mansions you go to beg for help?
Sad to note; All the Governors love themselves. All the past Presidents love themselves. All the senators love themselves. All the top government officials love themselves. All the looters love themselves. Why can’t you and I love ourselves? Why cant we combine efforts and fight them? Why do we fight ourselves? Why do we allow them the freedom we don’t have?
Remember; a good Nigeria is better than a good Arewa, Oduduwa or Biafra.