The Ladder Of Success

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It is not easy climbing the ladder of success from a point of not enough to the point of more than enough, it’s a new generation world war entirely and your arsenal has to do better than to equip a couple young lads just running across the battle field without a single shot beyond the enemy line. The truth is, nobody wants you to succeed and every step you take to go an inch higher triggers the anger button of the enemy. To be guaranteed taking any step close to qualifying for that victory lap, you have to be prepared for an attacked filled mission, however, your defense equally has to be stronger than the world’s best four.

It is not child’s play, everyday is a pay day for you or the enemy and to what direction the points are drifted is yours to make. You have to live each day with a John Terry mindset and stick your head in if that’s what it takes to save the day. We all have a story to tell, mine always seem to fail the paternity test. You know, i’m pregnant with a lot more than a book can chapter because the sex was good, let’s just say life always has its way of catching me pants down and sticking it in me. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon but still yet there are people who wouldn’t allow me feed with the plastic one. Everyday is a hustle, at least now I understand why I was born with a bent finger, apparently, to survive in the spirit world, you just have to learn to pull the trigger. It’s a world where everything is concluded in the spiritual while in your dream and you’re left to awake the reality of it.

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Climbing up the ladder may seem like a pretty easy task to complete but trust me, when you have someone on the other end pulling you down, it only takes the grace of God to see you through, and that’s how the soldier in you is born.You have to snipe your way through those bushes and make sure your bag pack is well strapped because there’s no camp to retreat to, you’re alone on this mission.It’s a dark world we are living in and the earlier you let go of your mother’s breast and start learning to suck on the bone, the better and stronger the outcome of your teeth because you’ll be needing it to bite your way through to the Lord’s heart and pray that he delights in you and have you prepared in time for the battles ahead.

Some are lucky and were born into families that already had the structures in place but even at that, some ship still sink in the ocean of life and the survivors are taken to the sea sore and made to walk on land. You know, it’s acceptable to be poor and eventually find your way to riches but I pray you’ll never loose your wealth to become poor, I guess that fully explains my earlier expression of the ship. My life is a testimony to His goodness because I’ve received more missile from the warring enemy that was enough to wipe out my entire existence from the surface of the earth but I live today by his grace, for he thought my hands to war and never to get weak and weary. Some may wonder why my life is such a testimony when I don’t have the fancy cars, the beautiful houses and that very special woman to call my own yet, but then, life itself is vanity when it doesn’t glorify it’s creator and serve the purpose for which it was created. All that will come so it’s not in my place to make that decision, just humble yourself and you’re guaranteed to have the last laugh.

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You might be on that ladder too and maybe even frustrated but one thing is assured and it’s the fact that it is not over till you win. There’s a reason why you’re still alive and if I were you, I will protect that life with everything I’ve got. When there’s life, there’s hope. Forget the fancy cars and the beautiful women, win the war and purchase your freedom. When the enemy no longer sees you as a threat and acknowledges your arrival, all these and many more will come running after you because they are your birthright. Look, I’ve stumbled and fallen so many times, many of which were caused by the options I chose. Growing up, I made some really bad decisions and as a result of that, I put myself in the devil’s plate to devour. The funniest thing about it all was that I will blame God for the circumstances the results of those actions threw at me and the truth is, we still make the same mistakes today. So I ask, why do we choose to question God when we are the ones that often keep Him in a position where we have his hands tied and left with the only option but to watch…  Continue Reading

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Letter To My Unborn, Aborted Child.

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Baba Dotun, that’s what my friends called me on that sunny afternoon as I walked home from school, my girlfriend had just aborted our baby, a child I didn’t want anything to do with and looking back to those times and how badly I chose to handle the situation, it’s fair to conclude that I was an ignorant, selfish and heartless creator ever close to been called human because I obviously wasn’t at the time and I didn’t just fail you but I failed myself and everything I stood for. I was young no doubt but was also very dumb and childish and if only I could turn back the hands of time, then I guess we would at this moment be getting set to celebrate your 17th birthday and I definitely wouldn’t have had to struggle for the past 16 years of my life.

Apparently, you were an angel sent to me from above and nonchalantly messed it all up and also killed an innocent soul in the act and only hope my sins are forgiven even though I’ve had to pay dearly but the truth is that we can’t pay enough for taking a life we cannot create and can only continue to ask for mercy and hope someday that helps to pay in full. You know, the past years have been filled with so much drama, it just seems like I’ve been taking a step forward and five steps back when I should have been basking in his grace and I turned what should have been a blessing to more than a decade full of disaster and still paying till this day but hoping for a better tomorrow.

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Well, I’ve learnt never to keep dwelling in the past and we can only learn from it and choose to live a better life as we move on. I know that I and your mother failed you but it really wasn’t her fault, I neglected her right from the very moment she told me that she was pregnant and she went through so much pain too and only hope someday she finds a place in her heart to forgive me even though she said she already has. She is a very strong woman and a goodhearted one at that and want to use this medium to thank a very close friend of mine who stood by her through those awful times even though that sure wasn’t enough because she needed my touch to constantly reassure her that everything was going to be fine but I chose to give it to other girls instead.

Son, I can’t count the number of sleepless nights I had and those mornings I woke up and wished you were lying next to me. The truth is, the devil has his ways of coming to steal from us when we least expect and incapable of making the right choices either because of the life we choose to live or the company we chose to keep and now I see one of the reasons why the bible advice that we serve the Lord in our youth because that makes it difficult for the dark faceless one to creep in and cripple a future so bight by a single mistake we make. Wish I knew God earlier, I definitely wouldn’t have picked up those cigarette sticks or poured a glass of champagne, talk more of those dry gins and bottles of my favorite lager beer I took off the crate and buried in me.

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And funny enough, I picked up all these disgusting and health wrecking habits just about the time I made the biggest mistake of losing you. Ostensibly, the year 2000 was a deciding moment for me and delayed my destiny by this singular act, thus opening the door for evil to come in and can only thank the good Lord for showering me with so much grace that kept me alive till this day to be the one telling my story. You know, she was about six months gone when the abortion was carried out so there’s a face to this story and I was told he looked just like me and the thought of that kills me even more. Anyway, mum and I through the years have patched things up between us and I am sure she is doing great and misses you too. I am a grown up man now and indeed ready to take care of my responsibilities so please come back son and allow me make up for those lost years.

We can still rock those baggy jeans together, I tend to be growing younger in style everyday despite my white beards and don’t worry as well about the Nike shoes, got the store on a speed dial. I miss you son and today I’m finally free and hope the world learns from this and never mistake their blessing for a misfortune. Nothing is a mistake with God and though it may seem wrong out-rightly but if it’s destiny at work, you can never go wrong. You just have to be very careful diffusing the situation and handling it the best way possible. Our lives have been planned and scripted out even before our creation and let’s not disrupt our journey ignorantly, a single mistake can last us a whole life of pain and regret and that wouldn’t be our portion in Jesus name… Continue Reading

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You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone

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You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. God often sends people into our lives, careers, businesses and even relationships or marriages as the case may be but unfortunately we are too blind to see and acknowledge their presence and mostly chase them away by our attitude, ignorance and lame perspectives just to mention a few. A spiritual leader once told me about a lady I should have dated years back, who would have saved me from encountering so many problems I had to encounter years later in life but I was too blind to the fact at the time and I missed it and paid dearly for the consequences of my action. My point is, sometimes in life we don’t even know what we should have had till it’s gone.

My life is a case study to this particular topic inspiration dished at us this day and I will be more than happy to share a thing or two of my personal experiences when need be. You see, God loves us so much and orchestrates means and ideas to help smooth-en our drive through life but it’s left to us to acknowledge and grab the opportunities when they come racing by. Time waits for no one, neither do these opportunities because they come at us even faster than the speed of light and one can’t afford to second guess or else they are lost and gone forever. Your instincts just have to be very sharp and always at work to be aligned with it’s pace.

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The truth is, life is in stages and each with it’s own continuous assessment and once failed, you’re not permitted to move to the next, you just have to go through the process all over again till you get an ‘A’. And towards the ending of this academic session of life school is when these angels present themselves to help ease our work load and to nurture us, making sure we had a successful examination but then of-course, that depends on if we acknowledge and allow them do that which they’ve been sent to do and unfortunately that’s where we often miss it.

How do we explain this? Well it’s simple, many eyes look but only a few eyes see and basically you need more than just your physical eyes in this context.And as a famous adage goes, “He who has a head does not have a cap and he who has a cap does not have a head”, that just perfectly describes the spirit nature of man. Many of us are blind spiritually and if only we were showed a video of our humble selves in the spirit realm, we would brace up and head on to see an optician with immediate effect because we have more than cataract in our eyes and overdue for a comprehensive eye operation.

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We don’t know what we have till it’s gone and even my humble self is guilty of that. I once had an angel sent to me by God to love and cherish me and help build me into the man I was created to be but I lost her and till this very day I’ve not been able to find a lady so loving, caring, beautiful and God fearing as her. You know, she dedicated a huge part of her life to me and had her world rapped around mine but I allowed youthful exuberance and advances from other girls get into my head and she was gone and never to be back again. I mean, who does that, loose a girl who bought you your first bible and clipper, that only shows she looks beyond the present with you.

Well, I’ve made mine and I’m writing this day so you don’t make a terrible mistake you may have to live the rest of your life with. This is just one of my many continuous assessment test in life school I have had to fail and trust me, the more exams you fail, the more time wasted in getting to your destination. My past has been filled with so much drama and all thanks to wrong options I chose to go with but you can choose not to fail your instincts like I failed mine. Listen to what your heart is telling you but decide with your head. You can’t afford to be emotional with the matters of life, a single mistake can take you ten blocks back, so wake up and pay attention… Continue Reading

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True African Beauty

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Our women are swiftly beginning to forget their moral value and standards and would rather prefer dis-engaging themselves rather than embracing their cultural heritage, the type our mothers were proud of. Do we really need to be reminded how beautiful we are? And the truth is, I just don’t get this bum snapping pose they strike each time there’s an upload on our social media platforms, Instagram must be really popular for creating such a platform for our women to showcase their talent.. smh!

It’s funny how we’ve adopted the lifestyle and fashion ethics of the western world and have totally turned our backs to our very own. This and many more raises eye brows in the society and today issues are been raised of indecent dressing although I’ve never been a subscriber of such criticism because I believe fashion evolves and we shouldn’t be left behind. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should walk around the streets naked and provocatively, so let’s not misunderstand each other because I hate to be the catalyst of immorality.

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Well, like I said earlier, there’s nothing wrong in wanting to be a part of the trend but we are beginning to concentrate more on the outside, forgetting true beauty is within and that’s a school of thought I wouldn’t purchase an handout for. I understand every woman wants to cause a malfunction to the masculine brain at the traffic junction, but while at it, let’s not forget you’re the daughter of a respected man and a future wife to another.

Yea, no doubt, we’re in the jet age unlike our mothers who lived in the era where 20 yards of attire was needed to sow a Tan top but still, let’s not be fooled into loosing our values. Wake up every morning reminding yourself how beautiful you are and how planet earth is privileged to have you walking through it. You were uniquely and wonderfully made and no make up kit can make you beautiful, it only enhances the perfect work already done at your birth.

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Stay sophisticated in those exotic designer wears and Christian Louboutin shoes but never forget true beauty comes from the inside and only radiated on the outside, otherwise you’ll only be another mannequin kited for display at our favorite boutiques. The truth is, every woman is beautiful but until they find that inner glow that no amount of money can buy.

The world has become so artificial and our women would rather rely on the external features to feel wonderful when their beauty is factory fitted and were carefully engineered to be a “full option”, I mean, God must be thinking of a Mercedes automobile when he created them. And on that note, please allow me as I close to remind you of the extra hours God must have put in work when creating you, you’re beautiful just the way you are and it’s time to showcase the true worth of an African woman because the world is watching…. Continue Reading

 

 

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Stay Motivated… Be Positive !

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No matter what setbacks you may encounter, continually stay motivated to the best of your ability. Don’t back away from what’s right because it’s hard. My father use to say plant your feet and stand firm, the only question’s where to put your feet, and l admonish we allow our dreams, our purpose and the ever burning desire in us that can’t seem to stay still until its goals are achieved to help find that balance.

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds, so make yourself some comfort out of your best advice. Real power comes not from hate but from truth and it’s time you empty that heart of grief and fill it with courage. Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself. The best I can do is show you the path to the stream but I can’t force you to fetch water. And what good is it when I put my hands to work and you disregard everything the pen says?.

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My goal is to make you better, that’s my reward. Until every man is safe, we are all slaves. And if I may ask, what’s your contribution to the emancipation of mental slavery?. History prefers legends to men, it prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. However, what would you be remembered for when history comes calling?.

Never try to spoil someone’s life with a lie when yours can be ruined with the truth. Don’t let your demons take you to hell, introduce them to heaven.Wheel the unborn stone and end the reign of darkness before it begins. You can reach out to someone today and help paint a new meaning to the life they live rather than those negative energy you carry around.

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THE ACT OF FRIENDSHIP

Friendship is one of the most familiar words in the dictionary as we all are in a friendship of sort. This stems from the human nature to crave companionship and intimacy. However, as familiar as we seem to be with the word, it is also a word widely misrepresented. A lot of people have been left scarred because of the wrong choice of friend(s) and you hear them say “there are no true friends”. True friendship itself is not a mirage but we seem to have a falsified view about the idea of friendship. I, for one, confide in my friends than I do in my immediate family, yes, we are that close. But closeness is not a determining factor of friendship, intention is. It might sound too simple but it does carry a lot. The simple question, “why am I in this friendship?”.

Wikipedia defines friendship as “a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people”. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, on the other hand, gave a more explicit description, presenting it as “a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other, for the other’s sake, and that involves some degree of intimacy”. The recurring point in the definitions stated above is that friendship is a mutually satisfying relationship. In other words, it must involve more than one person and it must be mutual. Now, you hardly see people being friends with themselves except their sanity is questionable. But finding people who are not in mutually satisfying friendship is not a rare sight. Sadly enough, most people are unaware.

The importance of friendship to our lives cannot be overemphasised and that is why we cannot afford to get it wrong. The friends we keep are undoubtedly one of the greatest influences we have, which explains why most often than not, our friends reflect our values. We therefore need to understand that true friendship goes beyond what we see on the surface and those deeper factors are what determines whether it is friendship or an organization.

Friendship is expected to have certain features ranging from sympathy, empathy, honesty, mutual understanding, compassion, trust to the enjoyment of each other’s company, the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings and make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend. On the surface, most friendships do not lack these qualities but on a deeper level, you tend to find insincere intentions masquerading as affection. Any relationship devoid of genuine love and concern for each other and an unrequited friendship is not in the true sense of the word, “friendship” because as established earlier, it involves both parties reciprocating the love, care and concern.

One thing I discovered about friendships is that those that developed by chance/virtue last longer than those borne out of need. Now, need comes in different ways, there is what I call “the innocent need” and “the parasitic need”. Both types of need are dangerous as it destroys the carrier in the innocent need and the host in the parasitic need. The carrier of the innocent need in most cases is unaware and it is found in people who are insecure or love-starved, low esteemed, if you like and they have irresistible desire to feel loved. When they meet someone who is in the least interested in them or vice versa, they stick to that person in desperation. The outcome is either the recipient is a leech and ends up draining them or that person is nice but in the long run, gets choked up and withdraws. The parasitic need on the other hand, is very aware and sometimes even smug. The need in this instance is usually for money, position or comfort. In both cases, the driving force for such friendship is not love or genuine concern and will ultimately hit the rocks, leaving one party, if not both, hurt.

Friendship developed by chance is usually as a result of common interests or values. These are the kind of friends life toss at you and you find out their craziness matches yours. They become an integral part of your life but its not a need as much as its an enjoyment. They understand you perfectly and even your silence. This kind of friendship is mutually satisfying and there is a sincere enjoyment of each other’s company. However, it should not be mistaken that it must last forever, sometimes, it does fade most probably due to distance in space or time. But unlike the former that ends with hurts and hard feelings, they slowly fade away while their memory lasts forever.

This brings us back to the first question, “why am I in this friendship”? Or “why is my friend with me?”. My best answer will be in the range of an “I don’t know, we just had a connection”. You ask me the kind of person my friend is and I can give you a two volumed book on how great a person he/she is. But why is the person my friend? I can’t seem to explain in words, I am just eternally grateful for the friendship.

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THE COLLEGE DROPOUT

“Say Cheese”, his sister said, joy evident in her voice as the camera clicked away. Kayode was ecstatic, he still had a problem believing it. He had to be dreaming and if he was, he did not want to be awaken. “I have graduated”, he whispered, savoring the words. It rang true and it felt wonderful. He observed his family and friends rejoicing around him with barely concealed joy. Left to him, an intimate celebration with family and a few friends was enough but of course, his family refuted the idea. He couldn’t fault them though, they were all just so glad for him, but then, who wouldn’t? The story of his life was in summary, a miracle. Who would have thought that the college dropout would amount to anything? Although, it would seem that he hasn’t achieved anything save graduate from college, he felt like he could capture the world and he could even see himself doing just that. If not for him, then for his mother, who at that moment, was looking at him with so much pride. That look always made his world feel alright.

He would never forget the look she gave him about seven years ago when he told her he had dropped out of school. It was full of disappointment and hurt. He promised himself that expression would never be directed at him again. He wanted to make her happy always, he figured he owes her that much. He didn’t think one could be in love with his mother because that’s how he felt about her. Saying he loves her sounds too superficial to describe the way he appreciates her. She is his strength and he knows his siblings feel the same way about her. How many women recovered so boldly and remained unmarried for the sake of their kids after losing their husband at their prime? Kayode sometimes felt she did not grieve enough for her lost love because she wanted to stay strong for them. She became both parents to them without so much fuss and whatever each of them became, they attributed to her unwavering believe in them.

Kayode was in junior secondary school when he lost his father and although he would never admit it to anyone, he lost all motivation to succeed. His father had always been his driving force, he did well in school because he wanted his father’s approval. After his father’s demise however, Kayode lost his morale to succeed at something. He figured, “what’s the point?” Unfortunately for him, by the time he realised he was travelling on a dead end, it was too late. He was already in college studying a course he had absolutely no passion for, moving with the wrong friends and failing woefully. Now that he thinks about it, his admission into the university was a mystery and the situation was too overwhelming for him to do anything but be bad at it. Frequent visit with his faculty examination officer over his grades overstretched him and eventually he gave up.

The first person Kayode opened up to was his immediate younger sister, Sade and for some reason, she understood. But then, he didn’t know why he was surprise, she always seemed to understand him. It was probably because she was closer to him than his elder brother and youngest sister. Sade was the one with him when he finally told his mother and from her reaction that day, Kayode expected nothing less than a disownment. Surprisingly, after a few days of walking on eggshells around the house, she summoned him. He cannot say exactly what he was hoping to hear from her but the last thing he expected her to say was that she loved him and she believed he could put the past behind him and work on making a future for himself. Kayode couldn’t possibly find the words to explain how he felt that day, all he knew was that was the day he decided the world will hear of him. His mother probably doesn’t know it but those words pushed him to where he is today.

Kayode smiled at the memories as the noise of jubilation geared him back to reality. He knew he still had a long way to go, this is just a stepping stone but he couldn’t help but feel fulfilled. He no longer felt like a disappointment but a success. The future is uncertain but why does it look brighter? Why did it seem like the world was waiting for him to come contribute his quota? Why does it seem like the sky was beckoning on him to soar? He did not have the answers to these questions but one thing was clear. He was going to leave his footprints on the sand of time. The world is waiting for the solution to a problem and the college dropout would supply it.

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LOOK INTO MY EYES, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

Marriage is a legal institution between two people to become husband and wife. But then, there must have been a lot of hurdles passed before this eventually comes to play. And this piece of writing is basically constructed to point at the religious aspect of it and will like us to sit back and relax, strap your sit belts and journey with me as we look at the possibilities of a christian brother and muslim sister, both dedicated to their religions coming together in the name of love, against all odds to become husband and wife. And to kick start this engine, I will like us to know that no matter how hard we try to run away from the truth, the fact still remains that christians and muslims undoubtedly have their different beliefs and ways of doing things even though we all know that we serve thesame God. And due to this, the coming together of a muslim and a christian to live happily under one roof may seem quite difficult but not impossible.

The truth is, I’ve seen a lot of muslim sisters giving up their religious backgrounds and beliefs for love, leaving behind all they’ve grown up with all their life to believe to become one with a christian brother all in the name of love. But then, I’ve not seen or heard of a christian brother giving up all of that to be joined with a muslim sister to practice islam. And even though I will like to talk more on that but I guess that is a topic for another day. The truth is, just as there are people who really practice christianity and are worthy of been called christians and those that are just ordinary church goers, so is it in the mosque aswell. The basic truth is that there are different levels of dedication as regards our religious race. But then, I’m here to talk about two dedicated individuals as regards their religion, and the possibilities of them coming together against all odds to be joined as one in holy matrimony.

Well, if you ask me, I will say it’s going to be a tough one but not impossible. It’s very achievable but only on one condition, and which is the measure of love shared between them. Only true love can withstand all the drama that comes with it, otherwise, they will soon fade away and the memory of them being together will be tossed into the thin air and blown away to be seen no more. Only love can stand the true test of time, love conquers all. If you have it, you have everything. It’s the only thing that suspends physical laws, and so I like to call love a miracle, it’s divine, it cannot be underestimated. Initially, there’s going to be a big and exhausting fight within them that would almost kill all they thought they shared and have for each other, but if what they share is true and sincere, they would overcome and stand strong against all odds.

Love cannot be broken no matter how hard they try. Even if separated, they soon find a way back to each other’s arms. I like to call it the biggest test of time because love always wins, it never goes wrong. But then, I know it’s not going to be an easy fight to stay unseparated because we must remember that they aren’t the only ones involved in this, both parent, friends and loved ones, their spiritual leaders and families as a whole, and not forgetting their various religious backgrounds and beliefs are also staring at them deep in the eye. And the basic truth is that when you put all this into consideration, many would rather just save themselves from the drama and rather not even dive into that ocean. But true love, will face that shark swimming towards them and not minding the strong current they have to swim in, and eventually, they will make it to the shore.

Love is simply the beauty of life, with it, anything is achievable and possible. There are no restrictions in love, no limitations and no boundaries, it conquers all. I’ve seen the blind getting married to a beauty queen. I’ve seen a relationship maintaining it’s standard, its status and not loosing the love they shared despite one of them been involved in a very fertile accident and loosing both legs. Love is a beautiful thing, and like I said earlier, if you have it, you have everything. For it suffereth long, and is kind; Love envieth not; Love Vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. It doth not behave itself unseemly. Seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth; Beareth all things, believe all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. With love, anything is possible, and religion is not much of a barrier if the two people involved share a sincere and true feeling. No doubt, it isn’t going to be an easy sail, but eventually, love wins…..LOVE CONQUERS ALL!

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I AM FREE (RED CARD PART 2)

You have given all your enemies red card and as we all know that anyone that has been given a red card is no more allowed to be a part of the game and that gives you better chances to score because those giving you a rough tackle and preventing you from scoring has been eliminated. And on that note, I will like to announce to you that you are free, and henceforth, you will begin to score goals in every areas of your life. And just as people jump on their feet and shout when a goal is been scored, people will begin to rejoice because of you In Jesus Name.

You are free, you’ve given all your enemies red card and henceforth, anyone who tries to tackle you roughly is in trouble, for he who the son of God has set free is free indeed. God has removed all those that constantly give you a rough tackle, bringing you to your feet and thus preventing you from scoring goals. Now, you have a free net and it’s time to score. And I pray for you that all of you that are like Yakubu Aiyegbeni that saw a free net and couldn’t score, may the Almighty begin to alter your steps In Jesus Name. Now the question is, what are the things you need to know when you’ve given your enemies red card?

First of all, you have to take a step out of that prison. The prison gate has been opened and it’s time for you to step out of it. No more prison experiences, no more limitations, you are free now. Even the bible says, “If jesus will visit you, if Jesus will set you free, you are no more ordinary”. No matter the situations that you’ve been through, you can shine again. Don’t write yourself off, step out of that prison into a new world of possibilities. Secondly, where you’ve failed before, go back and try it again. Failure is not a death warrant. It only prepares you for the glory ahead.

The truth is, no story, no glory. It’s not a shame to fall, what makes you a man is your ability to rise when you fall. When you fail, learn from your mistakes and try again. A man only becomes a failure when he stops trying. All those places you’ve gone before and they said no vacancy, get in a well tailored suit and put on some nicely polished shoes and try again, and the Almighty will make a way for you. Thirdly, possess your possession. All that was stolen away from you, it’s time to retrieve them back. It’s time to possess your lost possession, it’s your time to shine, God has given your enemies red card. Walk to them and ask for your right and they would not have the power to resist you because you are now operating with an higher authority.

Even the bible says, “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions”. Get up and fight for what is yours, it’s your time to shine. Furthermore, go beyond limitation. The sky is not your limit and if you agree with me, it’s just your starting point, you can do exploits. In Act 3:8-9, the bible tells us of the man at the beautiful gate. By the time people heard his testimony, his level had already changed. He was leaping and jumping. Today I prophecy into your life that you will begin to leap and jump and all the goliath in your life, the Almighty will take off their heads In Jesus Name.

Also, I want you to realize that you must prepare for celebration galore when your enemies has been given a red card. Prepare for a special thanksgiving. You will say, this was what my life was before and see what the Lord has done for me, so shall your story be In Jesus name. Another thing you must know is that you shouldn’t give room for the devil again. The devil attacks immediately after victory when you are still celebrating. You have to be on guard all the time. When you see victory, be very careful. Don’t allow the devil again. He is a robber, a destroyer, he never looses hope on anyone, so ensure you stay on guard at all times.

Lastly before I conclude, don’t allow yourself walk back to the slave land. Sin takes you back to the slave land, you have to stay completely away from it. If there’s any buisness you are doing that does not glorify God, I advice that you break further connection you have with it today. Sin is of the devil,it robs us off our blessings, even the bible admonishes that we flee from it. Today the key of freedom is in your hands, don’t let the devil take it away from you. You are free now and I pray that the Almighty will give you all the strength you need to remain free In Jesus Name.

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RED CARD

A red card is shown in a game to a player who made a rough tackle and that automatically sends him out of the game, creating a loop hole in the team. A red card is a very small card but highly authoritative. Even a referee can not go back on his words when its been shown to a player. He instantly commands him to leave the pitch. And the funny aspect about it all is that, when a player has been red carded, he does not only leave the pitch of play but is banned completely from the whole parameter and goes into the locker room and can only watch from the television but has no further connection to the game or so ever. Now, my prayer for you is that, all your enemies would be shown a red card, chased away from the pitch of play and will be no longer permitted to have anything to do with your destiny and are only allowed to watch from afar, as you succeed and recover all that you’ve lost In Jesus Name.

For so long, the enemies has been cheating you and depriving you of the blessings the Almighty has made available for you on the communion table through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. So many times when we try to score a goal physically, spiritually, academically, financially, mentally and maritally just to mention a few, the devil gives us a bad tackle and prevents us from scoring. And that’s why it seems that your prayers are not been answered and you are just perambulating in circle and your situation still remains the same. But today, I have a good news for you, all your enemies: those people in your family, those ones in your place of work, people in your neighbourhood and your so called inlaws that has been preventing you from scoring goals will be given a red card In Jesus Name. Now the question is, who are those to be given a red card? In the book of psalm 105:15, God said, “Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm”. And so, I prophecy today, anybody or group of persons trying to touch you and prevent you from scoring will be disgraced In Jesus Name.

In Genesis 1:28, the bible tells us that God blessed us, and God said unto us, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. God wants us to live in abundance and prosper. And so I pray this day that all those who wants you to live in lack shall be the first to celebrate with you when your arrival comes In Jesus Name. Also in the book of Galatians 6:17, the bible says, “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. You are God’s anointed and cannot be touched. Your safety has been guaranteed by the blood of Jesus. And so therefore, I decree that anyone trying to trouble you, the heavens will trouble them In jesus Name. In Jeremiah 30:17, God’s promise to man was that He will restore health unto thee, and He will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an outcast, saying, this Zion, whom no man seeketh after. So therefore I decree, every forces of darkness that does not want you to enjoy the divine health the Lord has given to you, those awake late in the night when you are long asleep and shooting arrows of sickness and diseases into your lives, In the name that is above all names, may there be war in their camp In jesus Name.

Finally, I want us to know that God has given us dominion over the works of darkness and if only you believe, it’s time to take back all that’s been taken away from you and stop the operation of the evil ones in your life and your family. So pick up that red card, enough is enough, today is the time for total liberation, it’s time to get back all your lost possessions. And as the Lord liveth, God will give you total dominion over your adversaries and the works of evil ones In Jesus Name. To conclude, let me quickly rush us through a list of other people that needs to be given a red card today. Reach to your pocket and give a red card to those making your life miserable, all the dribblers of your life, those preventing you from scoring goals, those playing rough with your life, those that have determined to injure you, and last but not the least, those that are determined to kill you. And because we are serving a faithful God, as you do so today, may the heavens give you the support you need and you will be liberated and begin to appropriate God’s blessings in full

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!!!

First of all, we need to realize worrying is against the will of God. It’s one of the conduct that shouldn’t be found among the characters of a christian. The bible forbids it. The act does not only make us doubt the mysterious works of God and how capable He is to take care of us and get us through whatever ocean our ship maybe sinking in, but also does a great harm to our health. The more we worry, the more our heart get weak and weary. Even the Doctor advices that we stay off it completely, and the bible admonishes us to go to God in prayer when anything seems too hard to comprehend. The truth is, God is never associated with those found with this act. They are only proving that He does not have what it takes to get the propeller of that ship working again and have them back on a smooth sail.

We have to realize He is the captain of every ship and He owns the compass of life. He knows what direction to go and which not to, and the truth is, most of the things we tend to worry about are things we don’t need. A huge percentage of the things we spend our valuable time worrying about don’t even exist. They never even happened. And the little percentage of those that actually happened are things that would eventually come to work out for our own good if only we exercised a little patience because that’s what the bible tells us. So, be patient and wait in the perfect will of God because worry kills, not just physically but morally, spiritually and emotionally. Worry deprives us from God’s blessings. The bible says everything we pray about and desire are made possible through faith. And a worry-some mind is a direct opposite of a faith filled heart. In other words, its a great contradiction to what the bible commands for our ‘answered prayers’, so even when we pray, it never gets to fulfill its physical manifestation because it didn’t even get to God in the first place.

The truth is, we worry in vain. No matter how long we engage ourselves in the act, it still wouldn’t change anything. It never brings solution but compounds the problems. So I advice you to exercise your faith because it works. It pays to believe, so don’t worry, but be happy! Cast all your burdens to the Lord, for He cares for you. If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do we have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, what will we eat? what will we drink? what will we wear? These things dominate the heart of men, but your heavenly father already knows all your needs. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Spend each second praising the Lord for His wonderful works instead. Appreciate Him for what He has done, and that will open unto you more doors. So choose the right decisions because to worry is to take two steps forwards and take six steps back.

Worry never does anything positive to us, rather it opens us to more negative things. It’s a deadly disease that silently and slowly eat us up. Instead of wasting your precious time purchasing a coffin and buried in worries, spend it wisely purchasing the greatest hits produced by your favourite musicians and dance the night away. A joyful heart is a merry heart, and lacks nothing. Rejoice in the Lord, come to Him with a joyful heart and sing praises unto His name. Break grounds today by making a decision not to worry and activate the optimistic nature in you. See the good in every bad situation and always remember life will always bring our way circumstances that will make us grumble and seem hopeless, helpless, worn-out and frustrated, but our reactions towards them is what determines their impact on us. So instead of worrying, choose to be in charge of what you allow happen to you. Refuse to be intimidated by occuring situations and visit your favourite music download sites and let the popular song “DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY” be your favourite ring tone.

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MY COUNTRY, MY DREAM

INTRODUCTION
Where are you from? I’m from a country known as the giant of Africa. I got my name from a lady, who after adding two plus together, from the word Niger-area, gave me the name NIGERIA….Welcome!

HER ORIGIN
Nearly one hundred years ago, what is today known as Nigeria only consisted of some four different ’empires’. The Northern Empire: It consisted of Borno empire, Kano, Katsina, Zazzau, Gobir, Birori, Daura, Kebbi, Nupe, Yelwa, majorly Hausa states. The Calabar Kingdom: Believed to be the oldest Kingdom and hold the record for having the oldest contact with the Europeans. The Oduduwa Empire: The Oduduwa Empire has it’s origin from two major groups, the indigenous people, that have their roots from Ile- ife, that is now composed and made as the Yoruba people. The other group, were known as the Berbels, who are Hausa people, who eventually formed the Hausa states, an offspring of that is Borno state. The Benin Empire were majorly known for their African Sculpture. The early 1800s, the British started to reside in parts of these kingdoms and empires. Hence, Nigeria was formed by combining the Northern and Southern protectorate, including the colony of Lagos.

GEOGRAPHY
The Federal Republic of Nigeria covers an area of 923,768 sq. km on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. It has Benin on its Western side, Niger on the North, Chad to the north-east and Cameroon to the east and south-east. Its November 1991 census stood at 88,514,501 and has risen above 150 million currently. It is the most populated country in Africa. Its population is extremely diverse with well over 250 ethnic groups, some numbering fewer than 10,000 people. The growth rate is 1.9 %, life expectancy is 47.2 and the monetary value is Naira. Ten ethnic groups including Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, Ibo, Kanuri, Tiv, Edo, Nupe, Ibibio and Ijaw account for nearly 80% of the total population. Most of its population is concentrated in the southern part of the country, as well as in the area of dense settlement around Kano in the north. Between the two areas is a sparsely populated middle belt.

HISTORY
In 1914, Nigeria was presided over by Lord Lugard. Nigeria history is divided into Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post Independent. Majorly, protectorate and colonies were the order of the day during this period. The European conquered Northern Nigeria, Yoruba city states/Kingdom of Ife, Oyo and Ijebu in Southern Western Nigeria, the Southern Kingdom of Benin and the communities of Eastern Nigeria extensive trading networks developed among these cities and Northward across the Sahara.

COLONIAL HISTORY
Nigeria came under the Colonial rule of the British (United Kingdom) during the second half of the 19th century. And the first decade of the 20th century, the idea was to reconcile the regional and religious tensions as well as accommodating the interest of ethnic groups, mainly the Ibo (in the East), Yoruba (in the West), and the Hausa and Fulani (in the North). Some leaders fought for extension of franchise and holding of direct elections some of which are Dr Nnamdi Azikwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Amadu Bello and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa from different political parties.

POST INDEPENDENCE
Between 1960 and 1966, Nigeria was under civilian rules. The major problems that confronted the federal Government within the period were threats to Federal unity, evidenced by ethnic rivalry, factionalism and the desire for autonomy within Federal system

RELIGION
Religion is pivoted to the understanding of the history, culture and politics of Nigeria. In terms of Nigeria major ethnic groups religious affiliations, the Hausa ethnic group in the North is 95% Muslims and 5% Christians, the West which is the Yoruba tribe is 60% Christians and 30% Muslims, with 10% going to adherent of other african religion. The Ibos in the East and the Ijaw in the South are 98% Christians (Catholics) and 2% practice traditional religion. The middle belt of Nigeria contains the largest number of minority ethnic groups which are majorly Christians.

LANGUAGES AND TRIBES
The Nigeria language and tribe are linked to their origin. There are over 250 languages in Nigeria, dividing and spreading to over 36 states in Nigeria. Some of which are;

Abia             Igbo  & Ibibio

Adamawa    Hausa, Fulfulde, Bachama, Mbula, Gude, Lunguda, Kanakuru, Yandand, Batta, Highi, Kilba, Bura, Yungur 

Akwa-Ibom   Ibibio, Annang, Oron, Mbe, Okobo, HuMbuno, Eket, Andoni (Obolo)

Anambra       Igbo 

Bauchi       Hausa, Fulfulde,

Bayelsa         Kolokuma (Izon)

Benue       Tiv, Idoma, Igede

Borno       Hausa, Kanuri, Fulfulde, Margi, Schwa, Babur

Cross River   Efik, Ejagham, Bekwara

Delta     Enuani, Ika, Ndokwa, Okpe, Urhobo, Isekiri, Isoko, Ijo, Delta Pidgin, Igbo

Ebonyi     Igbo

Edo     Edo (Bini), Esan, Esako, Okpameri, Owan

Ekiti     Yoruba

Enugu     Igbo

Gombe     Hausa

Imo     Igbo

Jigawa    Hausa

Kaduna    Hausa

Kano    Hausa

Katsina    Hausa

Kebbi   Hausa, Fulfulde, (Zabaramanchi)

Kogi     Yoruba, Ebira, Bassa, Igala, Igbira-Koto, Basankomo, (Kakanda, Oworo)

Kwara      Yoruba, Nupe, Baruteen, (Hausa)

Lagos      Yoruba, Egun

Nassarawa    Hausa

Niger    Hausa, Nupe, Gbagi, (Gwari), Kambari, Kamuku

Ogun     Yoruba

Ondo     Yoruba, Egberi (a dialect of Izon/Ijaw)

Osun     Yoruba

Oyo    Yoruba

Plateau     Berom, Ngas, Tarok, Mwahavul, Goemai, Eggon, Borghan (Hausa) (Fulfulde in preaching)

Rivers    Ikwere, Kalabari, Kana, Port Harcourt Pidgin (Special English)

Sokoto  Hausa, Fulfulde

Taraba   Hausa, Fulfulde, Mumuye, Junkun

Yobe   Hausa, Fulfulde, Kanuri, Bolewa, Badenchi, Karikari

Zamfara    Hausa

POLITICS
In 1914, Nigeria was created by amalgamating Northern and Southern protectorate. In 1923, Albert Macaulay established the Northern National Democratic party, the first political party in Nigeria. In 1960, Nigeria gained Independence. In 1963, Nigeria became a republic. In 1966, the first political coup was carried out that lead to General Aguiyi Inronsi to the throne. Another coup was carried out that year, it established the leadership of General Yakubu Gowon. In 1967, there was a civil war. General Murtala Muhammed in 1975, and the group of fellow officers staged a broadless coup and over throne General Yakubu Gowon’s military Government. General Murtala Muhammed was assassinated in a abortive coup in 1976, which made his chief of staff, Lt General Olusegun Obasanjo become Head of State. 1979 saw five political parties compete in an election in which Alhaji Shehu Shagari of the National party of Nigeria won the election. In 1983, Major General Muhammadu Buhari became the new ruling president. June 12, 1993, General Babaginda who over throne Buhari’s Government annul the result of presidential election contested between M.K.O Abiola and Bashiru Tofa and installs an Interim National Government led by Chief Enerst Shonekan. General Sanni Abacha over throws the Interim National Government and takes reigns of power. In 1998, General Abacha dies of heart failure while in power and is replaced by General Abdusalami Abubakar. General elections were held in 1999 and President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar were elected. 2003, Abubakar and Obasanjo were re-elected for a further four year term that spanned to 2007, where President Yar,Adua and Vice President Jonathan were elected. 2010, President Yar’Adua dies while in power due to ill health and Goodluck Jonathan sworn in President till date.

NATURAL RESOURCES
Natural gas, Petroleum, Tin, Iron ore, Coal, Limestone, Niobium, Lead, Zinc, Arable land

TOURISM
Nigeria is indeed a blessed country. And apart from the wonderful people that makes up the country, thus , making it so beautiful and green, there are a whole lot of places to visit, unwind and catch up with nature. And some of these places include the Mambilla Plateau, Obudu Mountain Resort and the Matsirga Waterfall just to mention a few.

MAMBILLA PLATEAU
The Mambilla plateau is a high grassland plateau with an average elevation of about 1,524 metres (5,000 ft) above sea level, making it the highest plateau in Nigeria. The plateau which has an undulating landscape free of insects, also has temperate climate within a tropical region.

Located in the highland region of Taraba State of Nigeria, Mambilla plateau houses Chappal Waddi mountain considered as the highest point in Nigeria and probably in West Africa with an average height of about 2,419 metres (7,936 ft) above sea level.

As soon as one reaches the top of the mountain, the hot weather witnessed at the foot of the mountain disappears and you will be greeted by fresh and very chilled breeze blowing across the plateau.

Mambilla people of Nigeria and Cameroon live on the Mambila Plateau (in Taraba State in Nigeria) and on the Tikar Plain in Cameroon as well as in several small villages further north towards the town of Banyo. These people regard themselves as a group with a common identity.

At an altitude of some 700 m these villages live in a different ecological zone where oil palms grow and gallery forest is found. The Mambila language is a congeries of dialects and related languages.

Mambila plateau features unique physical and climatic conditions for human settlement and cattle breedin 

The plateau which developed on basement complex rocks, measures about 96km along its curved length and 40km wide, and bounded by an escarpment which is about 900m high in some places.

The Mambilla Plateau forms the watershed from which the major drainage systems in Taraba State take their source. Rivers Benue, Donga and Taraba (from which the state derives its name) are the dominant drainage systems which flow across the Muri plains to drain the entire state

Mambila plateau offers attractive settings, well worth a visit. It has cattle ranches, tea plantations and rolling, grassy hills. It is home to some rare species of birds and animals, especially at the Gashaka-Gumti National Park.

When to visit: –

Mambila plateau has some of the coolest climatic condition in Nigeria with daytime temperatures sometimes reaching around 40C. The driest months are from December to January with relative humidity dropping to about 15 percent while the wet season usually starts from August till September.

Mambila plateau has mean annual rainfall that varies between 1058mm in the north around Jalingo and Zing, to over 1300mm in the South around Serti and Takum.

Because of the remote location of the plateau and lack of properly tarred roads which are still under construction, utility vehicles are recommended and visitors should make sure that essentials camping equipment and food are included in their journey

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT
The resort has a helipad for access by air. At the base of the hills on which the ranch is located lies a newly built world-class water park with state-of-art swimming facilities and water slides for children, teens and adults.

The hilltop (cattle ranch) is about 11km of winded road from the base and can be accessed by either the cable-car or the road. The ranch has numerous pleasant mountain-area and country-side views.

Obudu is one of the finest and most magnificent tourist destinations in the world today. Deep in the tropical rain forest of Cross River State, presents an area of idyllic tranquility and an enchanting scenery.

Indeed, it is a tourist heaven with its inviting natural endowment to be explored. Obudu has increasingly become popular amongst tourists, adventurers and event planners from all around Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

With over 160 accommodation categories, made up of standard rooms, executive rooms, huts and chalets to a presidential apartment, amidst its extreme eco-tourism potentials, there’s more than enough space for other activities.

Driving to the resort can be quite exhilarating, especially the last ten kilometres of winding road with its 22 bends, including the famous Devil’s Elbow halfway along.

In 2005 a state-of-the-art cable-car was built with 34 cars, each carrying eight people and covering a distance of four kilometres up through the clouds offering inspiring and dramatic vistas of green rolling hills.

Features: –

Obudu holds its annual mountain race in November for more energetic people with a cash prize attracting competitors from across Nigeria and internationally.

Although Obudu welcomes visitors all year round; the much best time to visit is October to February, when the flowers are in bloom, the sky is clear and the air is cool. This is ideal weather for trekking over the high ground and enjoy the extensive views that stretch out across the plateau.

This is an African Sun resort, so expect the comfort and top-class service, which the group is famous for. Visitors can take the advantage of the fully equipped gym and floodlit tennis courts (there is also a squash court and 9-hole golf course), before relaxing at the terrace restaurant complete with blazing log fire.

This may be tropical Nigeria, but remember you are at the top of a mountain!

Cable car
This is the biggest attraction at Obudu and it runs from the entrance of the resort at the bottom of the mountain up to the ranch resort at the summit.

It is claimed to be the world’s longest cable car system.

Water Park
An ideal spot for tourists to take a dip in the cool and crystal clear waters. Here you experience the thrill of state-of-the-art water slides, or the relaxing effects of the Jacuzzi.

African huts
There are 10 each with two apartments which gives the ranch the look and feel of being in the Safari.
Becheve Nature Resort
This nature reserve is home to 250 different species of migratory birds that have been observed at the ranch at different times throughout the year.

Tourists can trek on the 60KM canopy walkway built in the form of a ladder tree house unhindered, for breathtaking view.

Tourists be amazed at the extraordinary diversity of canopy life and breathtaking view from such height.

Other facilities at Obudu Mountain Resort include: Golf Course, Hotel, Waterfall, Cattle Ranch etc

MATSIRGA WATERFALL
Matsirga Waterfalls take its source from springs on the Kagoro hills cascading from four different natural funnels off the sheer rock cliff from about 25 metres to form a large pool at the bottom.

Situated in Madakiya close to Kafanchan, about 227 kilometers south of Kaduna, the water at Matsirga Waterfalls drops 30 meters into a gorge that has been supported by beautiful rocks. The fresh cool breeze around the area has something to offer for tourists.

At the point of impact with the river, the cascading showers of the fall create a rainbow-like mist which appears and disappears mysteriously.

The river formed by Matsirga Waterfalls increase with the rainy season overflowing its banks. A natural rock shelter at the river bank forms a cover and resting place for picnicking. Like a half umbrella, it provides shade for tourists amidst the wondrous continuous waterfall.

A heritage resort known as Madikiya Heritage Resort is being developed by a private investor within the fall area to serve the relaxation needs of tourists and visitors.

Also, the proximity of the Kagoro Hills and Nok Museum provides an added advantage to tourists visiting the area

Other places to visit include;
1. CROSS RIVER PARK
2. FREEDOM PARK, LAGOS
3. GASHAKA-GUMTI PARK
4. NEKEDE ZOO
5. YANKARI GAME RESERVE

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PRICE OF KINGDOM BUILDING

First of all, we need to realize it’s for the purpose of the kingdom Jesus came to earth to die for our sins so that we may have a better life. The kingdom is God’s buisness, and what better way can we live a fulfilled life if not contributing to the success of this heavenly venture. We need to realize we were created to build His kingdom. You are an heir of the father, and just as a son helps his father fulfill and maintain the standard of his buisness, so are we obligated to carry out a committed service of God’s work. And in doing this, there are a lot of things to be looked into if we must have a success bargain. But the first thing we must put into consideration is the love of God because in His love is where we dwell.

God is love and without it we can’t be a kingdom builder. We have to know who we are, and knowing who we are is actually embedded in the love of God. Love is everything. Even the bible says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful, proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not terrible, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whatever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never looses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstances”. To get a better picture of who you really are, put your name wherever you see love and read it again. Doing this, you wouldn’t only have a better understanding of the passage, but it automatically redefines your existence and re-activates purpose in you, because knowing oneself is the first step we must take if we must have a meaningful and fulfilling life. So lets seek first the love of God, and then you can love yourself, your neighbour, have love for His work and contribute towards building the kingdom.

But then, we must realize there’s always a price to be paid. Just as you have to pay a price to acquire books written by your favourite authors to flip through paragraphs that explore your innovative imaginations, so are there prices to pay in being a kingdom builder. And note that the value you place on a thing will determine the price you are willing to pay for it, and as youths, we should place a high priority for the things of God. The truth is, there are thousands of mothers and fathers that wish they are youth. It’s a privilege to be a youth. The time we are as youth is the time we have to take the things we want and not the time to look at the next man. The time is ‘NOW’, redefine yourself and add meaning to your existence. When you are talking about the youth, you are talking about people that their praise is still on fire. Now is the time to place a high value on the things of God and let your primary objective be aimed towards building His kingdom. But then, if we must build this kingdom, we have to first of all start by building ourselves. If you don’t build up yourself,you can’t build anything. Become a leader by building up yourself with values.

Establish a relationship with the king. Remember Jesus was the first kingdom builder, so how can we fail if we are thought by the best. To build the kingdom, we must understand the pattern of Jesus Christ, develop a kingdom mentality. Get involved and not wait for the next man. The truth is, we all have a part to play in the building of the kingdom, and that’s understanding the purpose of the king. You must be an ardent student of the word if you want to be a kingdom builder. Being a good manager of your time is also a huge factor that must be considered and put to check. Spend your time wisely, it’s too precious to be wasted. To be a leader, you must be prepared. Take your time on the inside; don’t be quick to rush out, do your homework well. Sell your will, give up things that you like and focus your interest on the things of the Lord. Be dynamic and be principled. The truth is, if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything. Have your convictions about the kingdom, stand for what you believe in, and with all these properly put to check, you wouldn’t only be an active youth destined to make impact in this generation, but would also be contributing to the building of the kingdom, which prepares you for a glorious ending and entitles you to the heavenly mansion that has been reserved for us at the end of time…..MAKE A CHOICE TODAY, TO BUILD OR TO DESTROY?

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GOD’S GREATER GLORY

Having a good understanding of what God’s glory is i guess is a good way to start, and the Holman illustrated bible dictionary defines the glory of God as the weighty importance and shining majesty that accompany God’s presence. But then, i’m not here to testify only to His glory but also to tell us about God’s greater glory that man has not seen, and you can be a partaker of that today, its just a matter of making the decision. I’m talking about a greater glory that has not been experienced not even in times recorded in the bible, though many manifestations of God’s glory has been experienced in the past in various measures but none as compared to the revival this greater glory will bring to this generation.

God is prepared to reveal Himself to you even in a greater form than it has ever been recorded in the bible and present times. But then, just as a washing machine wouldn’t serve its manufacturing purpose though it was designed to help ease the stress of us getting clothes soaked in detergents and bruising our hands all in the name of trying to get them cleaned up unless being connected to a power source and pushing the start button, we also can’t partake of this great privilege brought to us by the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ except certain things are done right. The truth is,even though God has made so many things available for us on the communion table,they will only remain there except we get up from the chair and reach out for them.

We have a part to play if we must experience God’s greater glory. And like i always say, the first thing anyone must do to appropriate God’s blessings and provisions in full is to get closer to Him. Even the bible tells us to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Lets learn to put first things first. And until we put first things first concerning the things of God, we are never going to see His greater glory. We have to put God’s interest ahead of ours, otherwise we would only be like the Israelites who were planting and still didn’t have enough to eat at the end of the day when they sat down to eat. Set aside earthly things for the time being in order to pay more attention to God and have His interest at heart.

Things shouldn’t be done in our own convenient hour. We must place a high priority on building the Lord’s kingdom. Be obedient, absolute obedience is required. Even the bible says, “If you will obey me, you will have plenty to eat. But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies”. Let us obey him because He’s the one who sees ahead, who goes before us and knows everything. He knows us even before we were conceived. Be loyal to Him. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled: you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature, but those who live to please the spirit will harvest everlasting life from the spirit.

So lets not get tired of doing what is good. Be committed and be loyal to the king of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega. We shouldn’t be complacent about the glory of God, just siting around and waiting to see what He will do next in the way of a move of the spirit. Get involved, and in doing that, get divine direction. Whatever decision or step we take, let them be in line with divine instructions. Don’t rely on your human ability alone, seek God’s divine wisdom. Human wisdom is limited and operating with that will only limit your achievements as an individual. Seek knowledge from those that are more enlightened than you: your pastor, spiritual elders etc, and let them get you fully equipped to reach the lost and dying of the world with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Stop wasting precious time emphasizing on material things. They are all worthless in comparison to His will. Put God first and obey His commandments. Be the salt of the earth. When God said we are the light of the world, He was telling us to be good carriers of His word and let His purpose be seen through us. Be a mannikin kited to exhibit heavenly characters that glorifies the Lord. God is very concerned with the things people see around us especially the unbelievers. And allowing ourselves align with His words and becoming a light that shines through the dark, giving sight to the blind and sound to the ears of those that were deaf to His words, i’m believing to see greater and greater manifestation of God’s glory

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THE VIOLIN OF LIFE

Music is the art of science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion. The oxford advanced learner’s dictionary defines music as sounds that are arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to. It’s the written or printed signs that represents the sounds to be played or sung in a piece of music.

And if you ask me, i say music is life. Music to so many people is the reason they are alive. You might deprive someone like me for instance of his food and he will do just fine, but try depriving him of his music and you’ll find a human body with no soul in it. It’s more like you disconnecting him from life. Music is like food to the soul. A merry heart is a joyful heart, a joyful heart is a sound mind, and a sound mind is a musically inclined one.

The truth is, music does more to the human body than we may ever realize. Basically, it does more than just bringing sound to its ears. Just as water is very essential for the digestion process that takes place in the human body, so is music extremely important to maintain stability in the human head. It lubricates the mind. So many things go on in there and a little piece of music could serve as a filter that eliminates all the stress imposed on the brain due to the work overload and excess thinking undergone in the course of carrying out the day’s work, thereby bringing a suiting feel to the ear, body and soul.

Basically, it’s life preserving. Just as panadol is a pain killer, so is it an automatic stress reliever, it enlarges your life span. It’s innovating, it’s suiting, it’s the violin of life. Subscribe to its manual and enjoy the bumpy ride through the world of class and exclusive instrumentation. Music is love, music is togetherness, it’s an ambassador for peace. It cuts across all race, culture and gender. Basically, music is me, music is you, music is us.

It’s the reason we all gather in theatres and refreshment houses to unwind and meet with friends. It connects us to life itself. A life without it is like a shoe without laces. And the truth is, no matter the genre of music that catches your fantasy, there’s always some sort of satisfaction met when the earphones romances your eardrum, or better still, when you just allow it breathe out ceaselessly from your speakers.

It calms your nerves and sets you in the mood,
taking away all your worries and preparing you for the task ahead. Music is inspirational, motivational and empowering. And just like style, it gives a mouth to mouth to your personality, thus bringing it to life. A good investment in music is a good investment of your time, because a well relaxed brain will always produce for you. Just as leaders spend their leisure reading books, you can spend yours listening to music in as mush as you are feeding on the right content.

Music is the vehicle that transports you instantly from the valley of depression to the city of creation. It’s a weapon that forces the enemies of fatigue and boredom to be dispelled quickly and instantly from our lives. It’s like a current in the ocean of life moving us towards the palace of our dreams. When everything around is dying, music lives. So lets carefully rebuild the atmosphere of our expectation, hope and enthusiasm….MUSIC IS LIFE, DON’T STOP THE MUSIC

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THINGS OF JOY

I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise His holy name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. What is it you are going through or have gone through that makes life so unfair and wicked? What are those things that brings tears to your eyes and leaves pain in your heart? Well, cry no more because today God is talking to you about the things of joy. I know life brings our way heart breaking circumstances but i want you to realize that what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later. God is willing to give us the things of Joy so come to Him for in his presence, there’s fullest of joy. He will show you the way of life, granting you the joy of his presence and the pleasures of living with him forever.

You cannot come into His presence and go back in sorrow. In His presence, there’s joy unlimited. God is here to turn your story around. Your weeping is over. The last time you cried is the last time you will ever weep. Your morning has come and weeping has gone with the night. When the Lord brought back His exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! They were filled with laughter, and they sang for joy. And other nations said, “what amazing things the Lord has done for them”. Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us. God has restored your fortunes as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seeds, but they sing as they return with the harvest. You have been through hell and it’s time to take you through heaven. What joy for those that wait on the lord. All your prayers, answers are coming. All your planting, harvest are coming.

Don’t cry again, your moment of sorrow has expired. Even the bible tells us in the book of Nehemiah how Nehemiah, the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God. For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the law. Now, go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the lord is your strength”. He told them to celebrate these days with feasting and gladness and by giving gifts of food to each other and presents to the poor. This would commemorate a time when the jews gained relief from their enemies, when their sorrow was turned into gladness and their mourning into joy.

Your joy has come, so wipe off your tears. Whatever it is you were going through is a thing of the past now. It’s a new day, a new dawn. The descendants of your tormentors will come and bow before you. Those who despised you will kiss your feet. They will call you the city of the Lord, and Zion of the holy one of Israel. Though you were once despised and hated, with no one traveling through you, He will make you beautiful forever, a joy to all generations. God will give you beauty for ashes. For the bible says, “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for His own glory. So weep no more, for the time has come

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GOOD SUCCESS

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Success can be referred to as achieving something that you want and have been trying to do or get; the fact of becoming rich or famous or of getting a high social position. But then, when we are talking of a good success, then we are talking of success given to you by God because not all success is good. Only that which comes from God is good. So many people today are involved in so many unbelievable things all in the name of wanting to be rich and famous forgetting all the good and perfect things comes from God. When you talk of good success, you are talking of prosperity without adversity, promotion without the possibility of demotion, deliverance without relapse, healing without a scar, healing without a residy, victory without the possibility of a future defeat, and salvation without back sliding.

The truth is, not all success like i said before is good. Some success brings destruction and not all success last forever, but the fear of the lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding. Only God can give you good success. Seeking alternative means only leads to destruction and biting of fingers. The fear of the lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. How joyful are those who fear the lord and delight in obeying His commandments. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy and their good deeds will last forever. Seek the Almighty because in him is divine wealth. He is more than capable of giving us all that we need and will ever need to succeed and have a fulfilled life.

Looking for alternatives is like sticking out a gun to your own face and pulling the trigger. When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them. It’s better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest. We can make our plans, but remember the lord determines our step. But if you listen and obey God, you will be blessed with prosperity throughout your lives. All your years will be pleasant. But if you refuse to listen to Him, you will be killed by the sword, and die from lack of understanding. For the godless are full of resentment. Even when He punishes them, they refuse to cry out to Him for help. They die when they are young, after wasting their lives in immoral living. God is leading you away from danger, to a place free from distress. He is setting your table with the best food.

Good success only comes from the Almighty God, the Alpha and Omega, the creator of the heavens and the earth. Basically, something that is good must bring blessing to God, praise to God, adoration to God and promote His well being. So if yours doesn’t, then it’s not a good success. And the truth is, the journey of good success begins when you’ve given your life to Christ and living aligned with Him. To succeed means achievement of set goals, attainment of desires, and accomplishment of divine purpose in life. And to achieve this, first of all, you have to develop a long lasting relation with the Almighty. Be divinely aligned with God’s will and desires, and refuse to live a crooked life. Study His words continually, meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all that you do.

Secondly, desire it. Even the bible says, “The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted”. To acquire anything, you must first desire it. A seed of desire is that which brings fulfillment in life. Then after desiring it, determine to achieve it. Faith without good deeds is useless, so be determined and do not give up. No matter how difficult it may seem, just keep trying till you get it right. Decree it, for the bible says, “You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you”. God’s word is power, use it and don’t doubt it. Asking without faith is like being hungry and not standing up to cook. And when we ask, we should be sure that our faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. To achieve, you must believe. And not just believing but you must be dedicated. Determine what you want to achieve and dedicate yourself to achieving it. Discipline yourself because it is the bridge between your goal and accomplishment. Finally, i will like to conclude by saying you can achieve good success, so let no one tell you different. The seed in you is the seed of greatness. Many operate in fear because they do not know the seed of greatness deposited in them. And i pray that the blessing of God in your life will come to manifestation and good success will be yours today

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THE TONGUE OF MAN

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Many take for granted “The use of the tongue” not knowing it has the power to heal and the power to destroy. So many lives today has been destroyed due to its wrong use. Indeed, we all make mistakes, for if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire and the tongue is a flame of fire.

It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. But you can choose which you want; to bless or to curse? There’s power in the tongue of man so watch what you say with it. It’s one of the smallest part of the human body yet the deadliest.

It’s got the power to heal and to destroy. Even the bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”, so be careful of what you confess with it. It was by the help of his tongue that David defeated Goliath. Even before the physical confrontation, the battle was already won with his tongue. He said he was going to remove his head and that was exactly what he did. And so was King Hezekiah who got his healing and fifteen more years to live by the intervention of the tongue.

When prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz had given him God’s message that he was going to die and wasn’t going to recover from his illness, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord. He reminded God of his faithfulness and how he had single-mindedly served him and done everything to please him and he broke down and wept bitterly. And because of that, God was forced to change his mind and told prophet Isaiah to go back and tell him that He had heard his prayer and his health would be restored in three days and that he would add fifteen years to his life. Now tell me, what would have happened to king Hezekiah if he had kept quiet and not cried out to God in prayers?

I want us to know that God has given us the power to change the circumstances that life brings our way. Bartimaeus did not cover his tongue with his mouth. He cried out on top of his voice and he regained his sight. Use your tongue wisely, be positive about it, it pays. As christians, we should learn to confess positive things to ourselves and even to others with our tongue. Above all, praise God and pray to him. Even the bible says, “Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the lord will make you well.

Let us use our tongue to preach the word of God. The more conversant we are with the word, the better we’ll use the tongue. The truth is, It’s what we allow inside that flows out of us. So watch what you feed the mind with, because it determines what flows out of your mouth. Also, let us use our tongue for the confession of our sins and our faith, for if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. Lets use the tongue to confess unto salvation, for it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Make up your mind today to take advantage of the power instilled in the tongue, it turns situations around. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. In other words, tongue used negatively curses men, so don’t complain or swear…..THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

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NEVER AGAIN

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Never again shall tears roll down my cheeks

I shall exercise my muscles on the path of positives

I shall stand concrete on my words

Never again shall I walk pass the land of my past

To carry twin mistakes twice and carry its burdens on my head with my neck bent

I shall stand erect and stay focus to fulfill my goals in my noblest years in life

I shall walk into the hands of destiny

Labour in work hard to be present in promising dreams of springing realities

Never again shall I trespass and depart from the dictates of pearly gates

I shall lie side to side with challenges and I shall knock out my fails

I shall keep save my faith and keep firm my trust in thee

Never again will I cruise cross life’s evil and wrath and dwell in it

I shall become a tycoon of discipline

Never again will I gamble with the false masters of success

I shall be my own warrior

I shall fight my own fight and receive the price of a noble king

Never again shall I break the heart of peace

I shall unveil the powers of the devil and be my father’s child

Never again shall I pierce the trunk of nature

I shall spring my own flowers and be its own ambassador

Never again shall the princesses of love cry for my own sake

For my marriage shall crop with them

Never again shall I inherit the emptiness of despair

And hunger for the train arrival of a miracle

I shall speak words of wisdom

And advice the unborn whose births are uncertain

I shall honour life, because it is my ruby stone that gives me breath

Lightens my forlorn hope and gazes at my bliss at distance

I shall imbibe the virtues of saintly gratitude

And thank my lord of lords

Never again, never again

I say, will I condemn this pledge, my pledge

And go contrary to its writings.

SUMMARY:

This inspirational piece of writing exposes the promises of a wrong doer to himself. He also sees the need to be a better person

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PRICELESS JEWEL

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There’s an Italian painter named Carlotti, and he defined beauty as the summation of all parts working together in such a way that nothing needs to be added, taken away or altered and she totally justifies this. The truth is, i’ve seen so many girls in the world; tall, dark, cute, Asian, Jamaican, Brazilian, Australian, and without a doubt all ‘rep’ their area codes and justify the brilliance of God’s creation but none like her.

She’s the prettiest i’ve ever seen, She fascinates my total being, and what better describes her if not her pretty smile that leaves one bretless, She’s the product of mother Africa. She’s young, shy and sexy. Not the lazy type but she loves to sleep and that makes her so dame pretty. She’s an angel, a blessing in-disguise, the perfect definition to the word beauty. She’s got me feeling like an addict the way i’m too quick to pick up the phone and dial, but then, what else is worth doing if not listening to that voice that instigates my smile.

She lightens me up, She brings out the spark in me. And yeah, you can use all the make ups in the world, but you still wouldn’t be as fine as her. And a million dollar treasure, i will give to the whole world to make her mine. I’m captivated by her smile, and it’s never too hard finding a trend in her style because she has that on a speed dial. Combinations come to her nicely, with colours properly matched.

She defines class, and i wish I could go on and on confessing my love to her, but the truth is, words can’t really express how we feel, it only gives a clue and i hope i’ve been able to do that. And like they say, “what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul”, so it goes, “what shall it take a man to gain the whole ‘chicks’ and that one special person is missing. So i say ‘NO’ and do what’s right.

True love they say is hard to find, but if you ask me, i say what’s really hard to find is you finding that part of your heart that says, “I’M READY”. True love they say is hard, but that’s because you try to find. You don’t find true love, true love finds you. And i’ve found you, and It’s you I want by my side when my dreams come true. The one very reason i’m single. You are the best part of my day, and that song “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” by James Blunt is a great song, a very lovely song, but could have been a perfect one if he had you in mind when he wrote it…

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LOVE LIKE A BROKEN DREAM

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Where did i go wrong? He asked himself over and over again where he went wrong. He sits up late at night with a million thoughts running through his mind like a piece of football being kicked around the football pitch and players racing around to be in possession of it, asking himself how he became whack like a bad song. It’s sad, a name that felt like the world to him now all of a sudden just feels like a word to him, and a movie he paid a fortune to see at the cinemas now just feels like a stage play to him.

What a shame, where did he go wrong? Was it the gifts he didn’t buy and times he wasn’t there and just let her sit by the tv set and watch the day go by, or maybe it was the gifts he bought and times he was there, when he should have just let her sit by the tv set and watch the day go by. A million questions keeps coming to play, like a ten tracker CD player programmed with the favourite hits, and a million ‘coulda woulda shoulda’ tripping in like a house with a broken door and rats been invited in by the left overs on the marble floor.

What a pity, now we have a mind filled with two million dance steps. And with routines well followed, there’s bound to be a break-down. So now, he is loosing it. When did a love that seemed so right all of a sudden bring so much fight. Now i see what Jeffrey ‘Jarule’ Atkins meant when he said “PAIN IS LOVE”. The truth is, love is the best thing that can ever happen to a man and can also be the worse feeling he ever had.

It gradually pierces its way through the heart of man,and then taking full control of his mind, body and soul. This adventure i call love always starts with two people coming together, sharing the same likes and dislikes, exchanging gifts and helping each other grow romantically, emotionally, physically just to mention a few.

But when it gets to the bus-stop where the roses are no longer red and teddies being kept underneath the bed, life takes a u-turn and feelings get paralyzed, thus, making the heart of man grow weak and weary as a result of the fight to break loose and get up from the wheel chair. Due to this, there is a rust on both edges; the two parties involved, and just like a pole that has lost its strength and has out used its manufactural purposes, they break up!

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YOUR LOVE IS WICKED

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Memories of empty promises made got me paralyzed though i got a choice to take a walk from it all, but the fear of an eventual heartbreak got me not anticipating shifting gears. A joy of the past is now a joy that couldn’t last. It’s unbelievable and so sad. I should have listened to the small still voice when my instinct spoke, when it voiced out saying it wasn’t meant to be, but guess i was blind folded by the erotic desires that was instigated by the seductive movement of what’s behind your favourite designers and now am caught up between two sharp edges of a sword and wondering what my next move would be. Oh, what a shame, it’s killing me, can someone please tell me it’s a nightmare and am about to wake the dream.

Now I understand what Lionel felt when he said we don’t stand a chance in this wild romance and maybe it’s wiser to walk away and love again with this tender heart. It’s terrifying, nothing feels right anymore, we seem to have lost touch. Now tempers are flaring and am standing by the door screaming out on top of my voice, “i don’t need this hurt no more”, but it’s obvious am crying out in vain, because you don’t even feel my pain. You’ve grown to become a monster over night. You took my heart with so much care but returned it like Zulus throwing spears. Now clips of past events keeps playing in my head like melodies we can’t seem to get enough of, that were produced by our favourite stars. And the truth is, am fast becoming exhausted.

I’ve kept so much energy into this to make it work, but rather, it feels like it’s christmas and life is about to get strangled out of the cock. Oh God why me, why do I feel so miserable. I thought love was meant to feel so sweet and bring so much fun. Thought it was meant to be a story that was told by the jingles of wedding bells and angelic walks to the alter and lovers saying “i do”. But now, it all seem so clear to me. I’m up from my slumber and faced by reality. And never again shall this lips speak to you words of love. Never again shall my eyes shed these tears for you. Never again shall i allow myself be deceived that there’s such thing called love, because all you’ve done was have a rope around my neck and have me contemplating suicide……YOUR LOVE IS WICKED!

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LIVE OUT YOUR SCRIPT

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We all have a part to play in fulfilling destiny. Not just in fulfilling ours but also in helping others fulfil theirs. You are the light of the world. You were fearfully and wonderfully made, and not just the light of the world but also the salt of the earth. What does salt do? Ordinarily, salt is a seasoning. It adds taste and flavour to a recipe to make it palatable. However, much than its properties, salt is a preservative. It prevents decay. In otherwords, you serve as a preservative to prevent the world from decaying.

Be an intervention to save others from dying and give them the push they need to move on and not loose track. You just might be that motivation they need to fulfil their destiny. So resolve today to start operating in your giftings, blessing people and glorifying God. Exude light in darkness for others to see. You are a city set on a hill which cannot be hidden. A city built on a hill towers above its sorrounding, thus becoming the cynosure of all eyes. Conspicious, it dominates the landscape. Let your gift distinguish you from others.

Be the light of hope, be courageous. Courage has been defined as the quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, resolution and bravery. According to Samuel Johnson, courage is the greatest of all virtues because if you don’t have it, you may not have the opportunity to use any of the other virtues. Be selfless, significance has its root in what you do for others. By this selfless attitude, you chart for youself a life of significance. Little wonder then that William Arthur said “Loose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day and abundantly rewarding day!”.

Every action you take, let it be informed by your desire to see the interest and welfare of others. You need to understand the power of corporate leadership, run with a team. Be a leader at heart and let nothing be selfish or self-centred about you. Refuse to draw attention only to yourself but be quick to point at other people for recognition. Carry people along, be kingdom-Oriented. The truth is, purpose, dreams and visions are conceived in prayers. Great men and women of God have ushered in great revivals and different dispensations of the move of the spirit of God through the discipline of prayer.

The Wesley brother prayed and the methodist church was born. Pray at every opportunity you have just as all the great prophets in the book of life did. In the book of psalms, David wrote “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice”. When you pray, you communicate with God. He helps you stir up your gift and fulfil a physical manifestation of your divine gifting. He created you for a purpose and only him can help you fulfil that purpose. The truth is, prayer is the key by which the will of God is accomplished on the face of the earth. It is the means by which that which is determined by him is brought into physical manifestation. He expects our prayers to be ceaseless.

It is the heart cry of the king. Pray to him ceaselessly and always remember to thank him. In whatever situation you find yourself, give thanks. Make it a custom. It is only natural that our journey through life sometimes brings us face to face with situations that cause us to grumble and complain, but never should we be found despondent. Rather, take the situation to God in prayers, trusting that you will find the solution, and you will. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. It prepares you and positions you in the directions where your needs are met. Stir up your gift with his words. Find out where it is written of you in his word, live out your script!

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YOUR STYLE DEFINES YOU

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Style is the way in which something is said, done, expressed or performed. It’s a distinctive manner of expressing a particular kind, sort or type as with references to form, appearance or character. The oxford dictionary defined it as the particular way in which something is done.

It could be style in fashion, style in writing just to mention a few. But in this context, I will be talking about the fashion aspect of it. And if you ask me, i’ll say style is all about defining yourself. It gives a first impression to one’s personality. Basically, it’s self explanatory.

You are defined by what you wear.style is you being you and not trying to be someone else. It’s not all about geting in some ‘bum short’ and an ‘alter neck’ top because it’s in vogue. It’s you discovering yourself and knowing what suits you in terms of your body type, skin type, colour and in most cases the weather.

Weather is a huge factor to be considered when it comes to clothing. The truth is, your outfit is fast criticized if it doesn’t suit a particular weather its been worn in. For instance, you are not expected to go on a sweater when the weather is at maximum temperature. Light textured materials would do the trick in such scenario.

Style for me is the way you dress and how you carry yourself, your charisma, your attitude, though it’s not restricted to the outfit alone but also reflects on your make up,your hair do etc. Basically, style is you, style is life and life is style. It gives a mouth to mouth to your personality, thus bringing it to life.

Style is what makes you different from the person standing next to you, it distinguishes us from others. In otherwords,  i like to say S – T – Y – L – E is the “Secret – To – Your – Looking – Elegant”. It comes naturally. It’s not about you flexing your muscles, going from layers to layers of your wardrobe and from hangers to hangers in search of what to wear, it comes to you easy.

Combinations readily present themselves with a touch of class. It’s just an exceptional way of defining brilliance. Concepts and ideas come to you with a little or no stress made, with colours matching up nicely, then curiosity sets in and questions are been asked if you were made with the clothing……Your S – T – Y – L – E defines Y – O – U

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OUR SCARS REMIND US THAT THE PAST IS REAL

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Mistakes of the past keeps hunting us, they spread their tentacles like animals in search of food and can’t wait to grab on us. They are so quick to remind us of our short comings and are fully kitted with the finest weapons that makes our journey through life not the adventure we bargained for. These memories never go, they are always ready to demoralize us and change our perspective about life,and with this, I will like to say life is an adventure i advice never to venture unless you are in good terms with the scriptures, because you are not promised of the next minute, talk more of tomorrow.

It catches us off guard and pushes us to a tight corner where we may not be able to enjoy that free will nature of man’s creation, thereby subjecting us to its energy consuming circumstances that gradually takes us off balance, and eventually falling off track.

It’s totally uncompromising and heartbreaking, but then, we can decide not to dance to this music if we fully arm ourselves with the words; the promises of God upon our life, which i like to call the bullet proof that takes us through life because life isn’t just an adventure but also a battlefield and only the strong they say survive. And being strong in this context doesn’t mean your physical endowment, it’s way more complicated than that.

It’s basically about been on the right team and its either you are for God or against him, there’s nothing in between. The truth is, our past is controlled by the devil and our thought is what he uses to attack us. Basically, the mind is where all battles are either lost or won. It’s the only weapon he’s got. Whenever we want to make a move to achieve something, he comes with a rumbling rush to remind us of our unfortunate past.

And i like to refer to them as our unfortunate past because we are already at this point living in regret and that’s why it’s so easy for him to capitalize on them and plant seeds of doubt in our mind. First of all, he launches worry into us, and the truth is, by the time we start responding to it, he hasn’t just succeeded in polluting our mind but has also been able to take full control of us, and that’s when the battle between our quest to go forward and being held against our will in one position begins.

But then, lets not forget we have all it takes to paralyze the evil works of the devil and have a total control of our present and future regardless the unfortunate happenings and errors we may have committed in the past that’s serving as a catalyst for the attacks of the devil on our mind by choosing to be on the right team; a team you don’t have to buy tickets and go to the stadium to watch, a team kitted in white with all things pure and wonderful, the only team that is guaranteed to win all matches played without a red card or substitutions due to exhaustion, the team so heavenly and yet does wondrous things on earth, the team of the Almighty God.

So make a decision today to be a part of that team, and by this we can shut the devil up and not allow him torment us because the bible says, “therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things have become new”. In otherwords, all your ‘carry overs’ are gone and you’re now running on a zero point ‘GP’. And instead of allowing the devil tell us we can’t run because we fell the last time we tried, rather, get in your adidas track pants, get those laces tied, assume the position, get on your mark, get set and go.

The truth is, we are living in a very wicked world, a very uncertain world, and due to its pressures and uncontrollable circumstances are prone to mistakes. So it’s not about not making mistakes, but learning from them and making them serve as a stepping stone that paves a way back to the top where we belong because we were created to rule. And that’s why we need to be with the best team, the team of our Lord Jesus Christ because only him can help us bring the best out of every bad situation.

Don’t think the devil will just sit down,cross his arm and watch you have a smooth sail. He is going to give you a run for your money. It’s only by your total submission, determination, prayer, your continuous fellowship and patronage of the Lord’s kingdom that your freedom is guaranteed. So get angry in your spirit and give meanings to the life you live. Don’t allow the devil deprive you of the good things of today and tomorrow because of a mistake you made yesterday.

Our scars remind us our past is real. Even the tatoo we inscribe on ourselves stay permanently on us even when we are tired of them. The only thing that covers them for us are the fabrics we wear. In other words, our past really never goes away, they always come hunting, but if we allow God take control of our life, He wouldn’t just re-write our script but also take off every garment of shame and get our new measurements across to the tailor because the old one no longer fits.

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PETER’S EXPERIENCE

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I’m here to talk to you about divine increase and we will be using Peter as our case study. And to set the ball rolling, i want us to know that the Almighty is a God of increase and He is interested in your increment. He created us into a world of no lack; a world that has all we need and would ever need to succeed and have a fulfilled life. He is interested in our prosperity and never wants us to fail. But then, you also need to realize that you are not qualified to experience this level of success and all the good and wonderful things that He has made possible for us through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ on the communion table unless you belong to His family.

The fact still remains that He loves sinners but the sin in them is what He hates, and as long as we live in sin, we can’t fully appropriate His blessings. So therefore, lets make up our mind today to live aligned to His ways, so that we may begin to experience divine increase like Peter did. Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. God is interested in your increase. He created human beings in His own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then He blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground”.

The truth is, He wants us to flourish and as long as you seek him, you will find him. Now lets take a look at our case study for a minute, Peter was someone that experienced God’s divine increase. He laboured all through the night but couldn’t catch even a single fish. He worked really hard day and night but didn’t have anything to show for it. But then, Jesus stepped into his case and his story changed. Now the question is, why did Jesus figure him out from so many?

Basically, Peter was a chosen vessel of God. It wasn’t as if he was the only fisherman there but he was a vessel unto honor fit for the master’s use.He is a royal priest,a holy nation, God’s very own possession. Jesus knew that he could show others the goodness of God, for he called him out of the darkness into his wonderful life. And if you take time to study the scriptures well, you will realize that he was a man of character. The truth is, before God can give you anything, He has to see your character is that which glorifies His name. You must be a man of integrity, you must be humble, diligent and trust worthy just to mention a few. If you don’t have a good character, you cannot be a vessel unto honor fit for the master’s use, and He cannot deposit the oil of increase in your life.

Jesus discovered that Peter had the tendency to do the work of the last hour. He had commission and the basic truth is that we all are commissioned to go out into the world to save souls; to go and turn around destinies. But it’s so sad because people are no longer committed to carry out the works of the creator. But then, Jesus saw commitment in his life. He knew he had worked so hard but was still so dedicated to his purpose even though he had nothing to show for it. Now, the question is, how committed are you to God’s work?

Also, I want us to realize whatsoever you have is what God will use to your increment. Moses had a rod and it was with this rod that the israelites were set free. Lets also remember the poor widow, all she had was just a pot of oil which she gave to Elijah, not knowing that the pot of oil was going to change her destiny. She didn’t know the pot of oil was going to change her level from poverty to prosperity. Now lets look at Peter, Peter only had a boat and that was what changed his story. Jesus wouldn’t have been able to borrow his boat if he didn’t have one,or would he?

The truth is, whatever you have is what God will use to your increment. So don’t undermind whatever you have, no matter how small or big it may be, it will someday come to serve its purpose.

Furthermore, Peter was dedicated and Jesus saw the leadership trait in him. While Jesus was in his boat teaching, Peter sat down and that only shows that he was a hearer of his words. The truth is, God will not deposit his anointing into you when you’re too busy for Him because He knows that you wouldn’t make use of it well. You have to dedicate yourself and your time to Him. Be a part of his kingdom and see how things would turn around and begin to work for your own good.

In conclusion, I want us to realize that Peter didn’t just get the miracle we all read about today. He didn’t just wake up one morning to experience that life changing encounter he had with Jesus Christ. You need to realize that he had struggled and worked through the night but still couldn’t catch a fish. He had someone on a sick bed at home and also had his children’s school fees that were yet to be paid. Basically, he wasn’t going through the best of times until Jesus stepped into the case and changed his story. Now tell me, what is that thing troubling you that seems so hard, or maybe you’re the hardworking type and yet you have nothing to show for it? I want you to know God is able to turn your situations around and turn your poverty into prosperity. And just as Peter’s story changed when Jesus stepped into his case, the Almighty will visit you today and give you a new song

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KEEPING YOUR MAN AFTER MARRIAGE

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Marriage is the legal relationship between a husband and wife. It’s the ceremony in which two people become husband and wife. Basically, this institution called marriage should be practiced by everyone because God has commanded it that man must leave his father and mother, and to become one with his wife. And this union they came together to form with the sharing of vows and exchange of rings is expected to last forever. But then, it’s heartbreaking to see most marriages this days end up in despair and hearts shattering and been broken into pieces. Somehow they both tend to get it wrong at some point,thereby causing a huge slack to the knot.

 

But then, whether the weakness of the bond came from the husband or wife, i still like to blame it on the wife because it’s been said and now reconfirming it that the home belongs to the woman and should do all it takes to keep it safe and healthy. No doubt the husband is the head of the house but you must realize that you are the backbone of that home. The success and failure of that marriage greatly lies in your hands. A good wife must be patient and persevering. No matter how annoying and wrong your husband could be, if handled with patience, he soon comes to realize his mistakes and finds a way to apologize for them. Some might take a while due to the pride nature of man but eventually he will. Lets always remember two wrongs don’t make a right so let us be patient in dealing with them.

 
Marriage requires a lot of patience and perseverance. Instead of giving him fire for fire, why not keep your peace and walk up to him later in the bedroom and settle things maturely. You need to realize that the moment you are married to him you are no more the project and what you need to do with all this valuable time is finding out what his next project is. Instead of nagging,support him and find out what he is up to and look for ways to support him. Even the bible says, “A man would rather be in the wilderness than stay at home with a nagging wife”. Don’t complain,be supportive and grow to become his friend. Begin to take interest in what he likes.

 

Friendship is not a joke, it’s a commitment. Develop mentality, men likes mental stimulation. A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout. You need to know that the moment he married you, beauty is no more what is keeping him. Beauty can’t keep us but can only attract us. You need to buckle up your shoes because courtship is one thing and marriage is another. It’s a different ball game, a whole new chapter entirely. During courtship, he only sees your pretty part but when you are married, you sleep together, wake together and he sees your irritating and ugly part. Beauty is no more what is keeping him, it’s the things you do that reminds him of your beauty. The truth is, a man does not want a liability. He needs someone to grow with and someone to share his greatest fears with. Find out what stares at him each time he looks to the mirror and help him overcome them. Whatever he likes, share them with him. As such, you will always have what to say and that constantly creates room to gist, play and share ideas.

 

Furthermore, As a good wife, you should hold forth for him spiritually. The truth is, a man can be so unplanned. A man can go out in the morning loving you but end up cheating on you in the course of the day. It’s not that he stopped loving you but man can be so unplanned and that’s just the gospel truth. And that’s why you need to hold forth for him spiritually. Support him with prayers and above all be submissive. Even the bible says, “Wives, submit yourself unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the house, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body”. Always remember you are an helper and should complement him at all times. Stand by him always and help him achieve his dreams and aspirations.

 
Finally, let me conclude by reminding us of the great need to live righteously because it’s only by the grace of God that we can run a happy and successful home. Without him dwelling in our hearts, we can’t live a peaceful life, so how can we build a peaceful home?So therefore, i advice you let Jesus be the king of your heart and let him help you build your home on a solid foundation

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THE EPISTLE

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Sailing side long the shallow water,

Near the sandbank of a beautiful stream,

And nature was called upon;

The windy breeze floats a letter

Along the path of mine.

Its colour was slivery,

Its beauty indeed cherubic

And boldly written was ‘A letter’.

I picked up ‘A letter’

Describes ‘she’ a jewel

Magical and priceless,

Handcrafted to soothe the blazing desires of pearly lords;

The investors of creation’s art

Hence, she becomes the crowned

That her heart expresses her exotic soul.

Nonetheless, a precious stone as such

Was long buried at the depth of the ocean,

Ancient years past,

In my wealth of experience

My heart only could bore this;

A boundless true love expression

Thus reads:

“A secret, there was once and

Still as long as the sun shines,

Love under the gloss of summer’s pride,

As it goes down at sundown

So as my love, genuine kisses

You a good night rest:

At the glory of dawn,

My heart rises with all

Strength and set ablaze with

The hottest flame of artless affection

You remain alive in my heart,

A thing that ever undies and

So sure remains even in a next world unforeseen

My heart will always linger

With ‘she’ my emerald stone

My ego boost high to the

Farthest distance of the raindrops,

The eternal miles of a lifetime

Cos I’m most satisfied in such time a little

My soul resides with ‘she’

In the unknown,

At the tail ends of the ocean

I guess it’s the loveliest place

For my elegant ‘she’,

Between her physical outlook and I,

We are blind and never

Could we sense our bodies ever?

But between my heart and hers

We forever fly in the escapades of carpet rides”.

It ended ‘yours sincerely’,

‘Captain I’.

I unreasoned such love tale existed ever

In my wildest conception,

It never would have been known to me

Ever in such presentation, terrific

And of the prettiest sheets ever seen

This letter still hangs up there

On a tree branch of bliss

Right here on a known earth

Far away from ‘PLANET EARTH’.

SUMMARY:

This piece of poetry is inspirational, romantic and highly imaginary. It exposes the ‘unrealities of true love’

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THE GATE

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A gate is an access,it’s an entering and it can be used as a medium to move from one place to the other. With it you can control who comes in and out. And just as there are gates in our houses that people need to get pass to see us, so is there a gate that leads us to the presence of the Almighty but it’s so unfortunate because many of us has been outside the gate for so long. We’ve been outside and don’t have access into the gate and that’s why it seems as if God does not answer our prayers but today i prophesy that all the gates the enemy has closed shall be opened unto you In Jesus Name.

 
David discovered the misery on how to gain access to his father; my father; your father; our father, the prince of prince and the Lord of Lords. And today, it is time for you to do the same. So travel with me on this journey as i quickly run you through some basic principles that wouldn’t only give you access to the Almighty God but also open the gate of heaven unto you so that you may begin to count your blessings and name them one by one.

 
Now let me start by hammering home the fact that you need to stop complaining. I want you to know that whatever situation you find yourself, there are a million others praying to be in that position. So instead of complaining,be appreciative for all the Lord has done for you because only then will he do more. Quit complaining because you want a baby boy and God gave you a girl instead. What about those that got married for years and don’t have a baby to show for it, or is it those that wanted a boy and God actually gave it to them but the hospital has turned to their house. You really need to stop complaining and give thanks. Even the bible says that in all situations we should give thanks. Don’t be an ingrate, remember God left other people’s line on hold to pick yours. And as we begin to show appreciation for what the Lord has done and all he can do but didn’t do, the gate will begin to open unto us In Jesus Name.

 
I will like to continue by assuring us that the gate will be opened this year but we must do three things. If we want the gate to open unto you, we must be ready to praise him and worship him. Enter into his gate with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Even the bible says in the book of Psalm 149:1-6 that we should praise ye the Lord and sing unto him a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their king. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hands”.

 

Lets praise him, you can see how much am really emphasizing on our attitude towards praise. And that is because i can testify to the power of praise, it works wonders. No matter your circumstances, the gates can be opened if you know how to praise him. Learn how to praise him, for all he refused to do, if you praise him he will be forced to do them. Worship him,those who knows how to praise him does not die young, he always preserves them. Even just looking at the story of David says a lot about it. When his enemies wanted to harm him, the Lord said don’t touch him for he is an instrument of praise. God will never allow anything bad happen to you because he loves to be praised. So cultivate that habit today and watch grounds been broken in your life

 
Secondly, I want you to know that those who are appreciative of today are those who live to receive tomorrow. If you know the significance and benefits of thanksgiving you will spend every second of your life thanking God for all he has done and even those he didn’t do. Now the question is, why do we need to thank God?

 
We need to thank him because he’s the Almighty. He is the one that can say YES and the one that can say NO. Thank him for what he has done. Thank him for what he has the power to do but did not do. The truth is, when God refuses to do some things for us,it is for our own good. And if only we could see what he sees and why he didn’t fulfill that request, we would thank him even more for his Awesomeness. And not just thanking him for all he has done but we should also thank him for our expectations. When Jesus got to the tower house, He said thank u Lord. They gathered to see what He will do and today many are gathered to see what you will become. But because you know how to thank him, good things will happen in your life.

 

Whenever you need anything from him, lift your hands up and thank him. Are you looking for a new job, wake up in the morning and say thank you Lord. Don’t be an ingrate. I want you to know God is working on your behalf round the clock even if you may not see it and he is going to do wonders in your life this year. Those that want you to cry would see you celebrating In Jesus Name

 
Finally, let us be appreciative, show some appreciation. It’s the recognition of what someone has done. Lets show some appreciation for what the Lord has done. Our going to sleep and waking up in the morning is not an ordinary thing. It’s not by our power but the grace of God. Many has traveled and did not return, but here you are going on a journey frequently and still breathing. Why can’t you be appreciative? No one else can do it except God. And the truth is, it’s only when you appreciate what someone has done that you will know what to give to him. But it’s because you don’t know what he has done that’s why you praise him as you like, give him the offering that pleases you and so on and so forth. But i say to you this day, be appreciative and thank him for all he has done, what he is doing presently and what he is yet to do. Now the question is,what will u give to God?

 
Now let me start up by telling us a little story about a man i saw on the television. I was watching one of these health programs and water was going through this particular man’s mouth and coming out through his nose. Do you know the pain he feels and the hard times his family are going through. But there you are living and feeding well, yet you can’t appreciate all He does to keep that smile on your face. The truth is, whatever that is in your account that makes it seem that you are too big for God, it does not take the devil five minutes to swallow them. The truth is bitter but the fact still remains that when you don’t appreciate God for what he has done, you are only opening doors for the devil to come in and take away all you’ve worked so hard to acquire. If you don’t give to God, then you must be ready to give to the devil. So make up your mind where you want to give to: to the house of God or to the hospital, the ball is in your court, take the SHOT!!!

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