THERE IS MORE AHEAD…

“forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, i press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13-14

No matter what you circumstance was yesterday, it is history! today is a new day that you are meant to have a fresh start. Those who spend today mourning yesterday never live to enjoy tomorrow. Weeping may have endured for the night but this is the morning of your joy, don’t ruin it in depression and thanklessness. The poverty of hopelessness is that it ruins the potency of the future. you are richer than you were poor yesterday if only you will acknowledge and expect the good of today. The future is wealthier than the past why trade today for the poor yesterday. The afflictions of yesterday could be great but God’s mercy of today is opening doors of triumph for you! There is good news today, when i wake up , i fashion my mind for what good God is about to do this new day because God is good and His mercies kept me alive for the good of today, it has then become unreasonable to impoverish today and drain it of its potency to make my life precious. Grace is not a christian exclusive, it is fund of sure safety for all men alive.

Today is like the sun, walk towards it hope and the shadows of yesterdays grief would be cast behind you permanently.  Seek God, He add in the proportion to which we seek Him. Without renewal there would never be an improvement!

BE anxious for nothing but in thankfulness and prayer make your desired request known unto God. Miracles happen after prayers, Jesus walked on water after prayers. Matt 14:22-28!He contributed nothing to the bad news of yesterday but faced the future with prayers and thankfulness. Joy is the fountain of wellness, grieve breaks the bones and wears out the Spirit (which is the real you). Depression suppresses energy for progression.


Amazingly i discovered Scarcity does not exit, Scarcity is only a veil of ignorance, scarcity does not really exit. It may be somewhat difficult for you to agree with me but I show you the truth now. Have you noticed that no matter how bad your condition or financial situation is, there is always a five loaves and two fish around we just always says what can these do? Around you, if you can scan your environment, inherent ability and your house well there is always a cruise of oil that does not fail but we often trivialize its capacity because we don’t know God kept is around to round off our poverty. We often lack the multiplicative capacity to expand the cruise of oil by right and wise investment or exchange. There is always the trinity of inherent ability, skilled acquired by training and supernatural gift that suffocates stagnation!


Martin Luther King Jnr once said “we must accept finite disappointment but we must never lose infinite hope

Depression releases the reality of recession but joy incubates the focused thinking of surpassing abundance. Paul said i have dumped my degrees and skills for the surpassing call on my maker. Dumping doesn’t mean deactivation but rather activating in alignment with God’s will. you are created as a rescue, your craft which is your specific and peculiar skill is your wealth zone beyond recession. That is your cruise of oil and your five loaves plus two fish, if you belittle it you will always resign to the grief of yesterday. strife to improve on what you have been doing, find out why your efforts haven’t yielded the much you expect, take a walk of solitude to ventilate your mind for the new approach to crucify your dilemma.

The truth remains we all have homogeneous issues but our approaches are heterogeneous. That is the wonder of ingenuity. discouragement and complains will lock down your ingenuity. stop spending time with the media news, why get worked up listening to the media woes, settle with the good news that where the script of relevant abundance is discovered and published.  Government don’t resolve recession, recession is a wind (no one can really tell its origin) that sinks those who focus on it but surpassing abundance is with the superior wind which you are according to John 3:8!  no one can tell your future but the book of life in this life and the life to come. if our actions are documented in books, what do you think your action should be today. stay discouraged and downcast? NO! There is more ahead, dig and search it out in the master script. Luke 4:18. Psalms 40:7!

There is more ahead of you, don’t die with yesterday today! The failure of yesterday is gone, get over the friendly enemy of yesterday, get over the betrayal of yesterday, cancel the disappointment of yesterday, start afresh today with all of its abundance and secure your surpassing wealthy posterity.

Business is going to be great today, Promotion is coming today, health is restored today, your husband is coming back today, your baby is arriving today, the test for the long awaited pregnancy is coming positive today. Good things will happen for you today, let yesterday reports die and position to live in the joy of today and well-being of tomorrow.

It became good news that Mary did not have an abortion, don’t abort your hope, you must carry the word of promise until the promise carries out of that condition. your mirror doesn’t give you a full script of you, it explained only your physical but your spirit man can only be pictured in the word. Adjusting the physical body and the intellectual mind cant clean the mess of life up but the renewing the mind and building the Spirit with the word adjust life dramatically.  Your degree, certificate, bank account, physical beauty would not face God in the final analysis, it is your Spirit that will! The word of God is more sure word of prophesy with incorruptibility. Take the pill of the word of God today , accept it and believe it , it will cure all of yesterday’s griefs and any other forever!

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Julius Afolabi.

THE GIFT OF NAAMAN

10 Years ago as a young banker i had an offer to clear a fraudulent cheque valued at #4.2b with a bonus of #100-110m but i declined working with a principle that “whatever i think i cannot make is what i steal ” . That was the gift of Naaman and the appetite of Gehazi!  The person who took the offer was arrested a month after his juicy wedding, lost his job and shattered his early marriage with a frustrated pregnant wife.  Proverbs 15:27a says “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house”

Every Good gift and every perfect gift cometh from God the father of all lights with whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Good gift and Perfect gift comes from God not Naaman! it is the perfection of heart that help identify rightness of the gift of Naaman. Not all gifts are meant to be received. our stand with God is what scans the gifts as God instructs us. Am very sure there was a need in the house of the prophet but it wasnt the time and type of Gift that would meet His needs. Only discipline can make a man to reject the gift of Naaman.

A careful observation would let you know that Naaman brought his gift with pride. 2 kings 5:11! Bribe comes with pride and pride comes before destruction. many gifts are entrapment because the gift of a man makes a way for Him. Gehazi didnt appreciate the clothing he had on that reflected the glory of God so he opted for the suit of leprosy. Many subordinates never wonder why there contented boss rejected the gift of Naaman. Many people have received gifts that slaughtered them. ignorance and lack of faith in God always bedevils many. faith and patience are requirements for good and perfect gifts. Your need doe not determine your gift, it is the favor of God that is sponsored by the fear of the Lord that organizes your gift , such gifts lift you and not plant sorrow in your life and future.

Satan also packages gifts that will deflate the life and ministry of many today, satanic gift are everywhere today especially with the scarcity mentality that ignorance portrays all around us. proverbs 9:16-18!

Who is Naaman? The political merchants, the business magnates and the many around with lousy wealthy that create a scene when they come, they blare the siren, they command convoys, they come with presidential notes and letters. The so called celebrities and societal respected offices and Dirty chiefs that expect respect that they can’t earn etc. They let everyone know their presence and they display their posts, staff of offices. Naamans will always see that there is a miracle before they bring gift. 2 kings 5:15!  They make their gift look like they are doing you a favor when they actually need what they don’t have but are in you. Any man who can’t value His worth will always fall for the gift of Naaman.

Faith is a must if you must receive a gift from the good God. He that will come to God must believe that He is the rewarded of them that diligently seek him. Naaman waited until his leprosy was cleansed before He believed that there is God in Israel. That is not the divine order. Faith is a prerequisite for perfect gifts.

 


Gehazi couldn’t control his appetite for the gift of Naaman! Through many studies and observation i have discovered that whatsoever has no boundary is a bondage! Even the garden of Eden had controls and boundaries! 


Today, in many offices, businesses and ministries the gift of Naaman has paralyzed efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. Many positions have been used as compensations and exchange strategies because of the gift of Naaman, special services that ought to be for the salvation of souls, spiritual edification for the needy, sick, challenged are now organized for Naamans. Hands that are to be laid on young Elisha’s are now laid because of the gift of Naaman. The church even observes Pareto to attend to humanity but Jesus didn’t even despise children that had nothing to give.

Many professionals and educated people cannot value the worth of their learning so they fall prey to filthy gifts of Naaman that put leprosy on their years of education and expertise. Can’t you see the ridicule in our nation today? Well educated people in the net of messy bribery and corruption. They couldn’t kill the gehazi inside them, so they run after the gift of Naaman. Adultery and fornication is also the gift of Naaman that will run destiny down and leave your life with a low or no battery to energize the pursuit of your vision.

Many leaders, ministers, professional and even pastors facilitate the gift of Naaman by displaying desperation either stylishly or frankly. That is why a low esteemed pastor who doesn’t know that his lift is in gift that comes from God not Naaman will make demands or send sms or specially greet or accord attention to selected Naamans in his congregation and many times it devalues their anointing and their leadership. They suddenly become dry wells that can’t quench the thirst of the people again just like Gehazi they fade away shamefully. Elisha knew his anointing was not a result of manipulation. It was a processed in the furnace of a right walk with God.

The Jesus in you is worth countless times what any man in this passing world can dare to offer you! Sterilize your offers and reject the gift of Naaman for your true prosperity and posterity. What inheritance do you want to leave for your generation? Honor or leprosy! Elisha is remembers as a generational hero but Gehazi is remembered a caution and curse because of the gift of Naaman.

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burned?

Beware of the gift of Naaman. John 12:26!

Think about your end irrespective of what you do or the position you occupy! Selah!

Julius Afolabi

THE GREATNESS IN YOU!

You are the light of the world, city set upon the hill that cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14. Don’t let your sour experience hide you! God is aware and has the way out.

Getting admission into all levels of my educational pursuit was a sour experience but today the wisdom of God has made me a solution carrier in counsel and business strategy. Is there anything difficult before God especially when you submit to Him? Certainly NO! Your case is not closed; your sour experiences can become your lemonade of impact, influence and income!

Every sour experience of life is a proof of the greatness within you. Many of our sour experiences are seeds of impact, influence and wealth. Many people would never have impacted their world if they had no sour experiences.

The world wouldn’t have celebrated a man like Abraham Lincoln if he hadn’t the sour experiences of serial failure. It was a dangerous sickness that ushered the greatness of Kenneth Hagin’s life. It is the terribleness of poverty that made many people to think and grow rich. what lemonade of value are you going to make of your sour experiences in life to be a blessing to humanity?

The bible is a bank of solution options better than any level of education or human therapy. The bible is the word of God that is true!

What are you passing through? Trust God and believe in Him to see you through so that you can tell the tales of your experiences to preserve many and impact your world.

That poor man cried unto the Lord, the Lord heard him and delivered him from all his troubles. Psalms 34:6! Unto Him that answereth prayers shall all flesh come! Prayers is telling your sour experiences to God because vain is the help of man!

What are your sour experiences today, in your life, marriage, business, career or health? Go tell them to God today! Go to church today, listen to the word of God genuinely, rededicate your life back to God where needful and if you haven’t given your life to Christ before , do so today and let God turn your trials and tribulations to testimonies of triumph and you tell your story you make impact and income.

You are born great to live great, there is greatness in you irrespective of your sour experiences, don’t die little.

Have a blast of revival today in Jesus name!

Julius Afolabi ..

TEN LIFE LESSONS FROM THE POOL OF BETHESDA

Reading this story again in John 5:1-15, i received TEN revelations worth sharing and discovered that, the main message of the man by the pool of Bethesda was after his healing. He was around the temple yet far from healing. Jesus met him again and said to Him, “Go and sin no more lest a worst thing happen to you”, what a pregnant summary! This infers a lot of life lessons from the scene.

  1. God is merciful to all, the man didn’t know Jesus when Jesus walked to Him and released him. Truly his banner over us is Love. God is love and while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. No matter how bad you may be, salvation is still available to you since you have life. Sin sinks but Salvation lifts! God is ready to talk to us if you are willing to open up.
  2. Sin is the hammer that fastens bondage as a nail to a man’s life! Sin will keep a man in circles but not progression. The man’s sin had kept him in same position for 38 years. Shall we continue in sin and expect grace to abound? Iniquity is the sponsor of infirmity and stagnation. Sin keeps a man not too far to solution and fixed in his infirmity.
  3. He was between the temple and the pool of healing. Solution is always around us if we care to observe and become willing to obey! Many people are also on the fence, carnal today and spiritual tomorrow. Just like indifference is no solution, so their situations do not shift its position. Indifference is not a decision but a delusion, it is a self risk!
  4. The words of a messiah save but the words of a liar inflict pain. The man couldn’t take his bed until word came from the Messiah. Only the words of the Messiah can change any condition or situation. Who you listen to determines how you act or respond.
  5. The man was in around the pool of impotent folks. His situation was impotent because he was around impotent folks. Your folks determine your fold and mold.
  6. The man was surrounded by captives that made him a captive. His company were impotent (unproductive), blind (lack of vision), withered (Expired) and waiting (idle and excuse driven). What good would come from such a company! You are about what surround you!
  7. Loathsomeness extends captivity. The loathsomeness of many would deny them the possibilities they are qualified for. The first to step in was made whole. The holes in many lives are in their slothfulness towards an opportunity. Opportunity is to be attacked with the alacrity of preparation. It will not come to you; you will have to go for it. Frustration is being position but incapacitated.
  8. Disposition explains mentality. Your disposition determines your position or opposition. Attitude is a chosen posture! It wasn’t difficult for Jesus to know he had been there for long because of the way he laid. If you fold your hands in hard times, life will fold you into long term frustration.
  9. Lack of identity will make a scapegoat. The man had no name because it could be anyone. If you don’t define yourself and your stand, you will eventually be a scapegoat. The man’s affliction ended when he got to know Jesus such that he could tell others that it was Jesus that changed his story.
  10. Irresponsibility provides wrong answers to the right questions. the man was asked “would thou be made whole” and he responded “i have no man, when the water is troubled to put me into the pool”. Irresponsible people look for who or what to blame for their condition. Irresponsible people have ready-made explanations for failure rather than a reason to succeed. Responsibility is not a suggestion, it is an obligation.

I hope these lessons would sponsor a review of our life endeavors and a just reflection as we plan for the years ahead!

Great week ahead. God bless you as you share.

Julius Afolabi.

MARRIAGE AND WEDDING TIPS IN RECESSION

Prudence is superior to recession. Love is wise.  Recession should suspend your wedding!

In all sincerity, Recession shouldn’t stop your wedding if you have matured your preparation for marriage. Stop postponing your marriage if you are ripe, life is a race against time. The major factor is marrying right and Making the right decision. It is not about what people will say, it is what your experience and life will be after the wedding that is crucial. it is important not to enter marriage because of wedding or pressure, if you are frustrated before wedding, you will be humiliated in marriage. Don’t know it all, pride ushers disgraceful fall. Seek the face of God and seek counsel from spiritually matured people prayerfully.

Here are a few tips to tip off your slumber and economic fear. Wedding is only a bridge not a location!

Many people want to impress people and depress themselves. It is the marriage that matters o.
– It is not how flamboyant your wedding is, it is how blissful your marriage will be. Your wedding budget has no correlation with your marital joy. Understanding is the differential. You don’t need a deficit budget to fix your wedding, your marriage will have an unfavorable balance and then you swim into validating your decision. Debt driven wedding makes marriage a liability.
– Wedding card is a disposable, who said you can’t print letters? its an invite not a wall plaque.
– If you slaughter countless cows men will still complain. People are invited to witness not to consume. Refreshment is not 3 square meal.
– Rather than owe to fix wedding, sow a seed to seal your marriage.
– Some churches don’t take offerings in wedding ceremonies, why should officiating ministers demand honorarium? Let God honor you. Jesus our example said I receive no honor from men. John 5:41!
– Many Aso ebi don’t last beyond the wedding neither are they true symbols of family love and unity. Marital and family unity is superior to aso ebi unity. Even wicked uncles and auntys wear aso ebi.
– Engagement and wedding could be done the same day. Time is life. Merge the expenses. It will reduce accommodation expense and inconvenience challenges. Serious people are busy.
– You don’t have to buy two rings, get a wedding band. The commitment is between the couples not the world. The people who will say you don’t have an engagement ring will see your wedding band. Two rings self no be weight?
– Thank God wedding gowns can be rented but where you can afford, buy one. If you cant, rent one, after all you are not going to announce that you did. The major matter is ensure you pray fervently over the rented gown so that you don’t import the marital realities of those who have used that you may never know their spiritual and personal status. Life is deep! Some people say wedding gown are ceremonial burial garment. its all a tradition of old tale! Would the ceremonial burial gown change the eternal home of the person? It is what you did with your life and choice that matter at death. Duet 30:19. Let’s get out of tradition and face the truth.
– Be happy with those that didn’t attend your wedding but are praying for your marriage than those who attended but wish you hell in the marriage or showed up for analysis and mockery.
– Traditional rites should not be a rope of suicide, if all God who gives and sustain life is only asking for our choice to obey Him, (Ecc 12:13) why should any man compel people for excessive material demands with financial burden. Pray to God concerning what you can give to Caesar, humbly seek discounts. Ask, negotiate. Be spiritual not traditional too, because the gift of a man is a point of contact. Pray about everything!!! God will help you and grant you favor once your bed and courtship process is not defiled.

Don’t let recession be an excuse! If you can afford a colorful wedding why not but if you can’t don’t die in depression. It is marital experience that is the color of your wedding.

Purposeful Life is not for comparison, everyone has his or her lane. Don’t compare and contrast till you frustrate yourself. Life is an individual race. Every man shall be accountable for himself.

With these few wits of mine, i believe i have relieved you of the mask of economic fear!

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Julius Afolabi

DARE TO BE STRATEGICALLY UNCONVENTIONAL

DARE TO BE STRATEGICALLY UNCONVENTIONAL
 
Strategy must be unconventional to proof the uniqueness of your success target. God’s ways will forever be superior to man’s ways! Isaiah 55:8-11!
 
Micheal Porter Said “Strategy is choosing what not to do” and Jim Rohn profoundly said “Success is 20% and 80% strategy, for you might know how to read but more importantly, what is your plan to read? I have learnt that “Failure is only an opportunity to revisit what didn’t work and Recession means revise your thinking structure to influence your procession”.
 
One of the basic reasons why people fall into recession is that they follow the crowd. That everybody and the news say its a recession is not the yardstick for you to say same. what is it to you? That is where change begins! A crowd is a mixed multitude, those who know where they are going and those who do not understand themselves to even know where they are headed. The truth is that if you don’t find yourself, you will fables.
In business when value speaks, recession quits! Are you an everyday product with maximum efficiency and sustained effectiveness? Recession does not exist in your dictionary. God Created such a product! which? No matter what they call recession, breathe is still man’s highest service and product. God is ever in business. make God your business and bring Him into your business! you have padlocked recession.
 
Many arm of our economy are stranded because we import what is not adaptable to our environment and we try to force on the people until it boomerangs into a white elephant project. Importantly, with the filthy mindset of personal gain or unripe personal recognition. Many Governments have ignorantly crippled many industries and sectors by following the crowd of the elite world without considering its adaptability to the peculiarity of their immediate environment. A state is thinking of a super highway when it local roads are in shambles and its salaries are unpaid, yet some people laud such analog minded project. you can call yourself digital and be thinking analogical. If Lagos state is thinking of a fourth mainland bridge, can you question it? She is ripe for it but when a mushroom state with wobbling economy and lazy working population is imagining such project, what do you call it? Carelessness. A careless strategy is a recession waiting to happen and establish. A wrong policy can turn an industries dream into a nightmare! Policies are strategies but what makes them is the adaptability of their uniqueness to address immediate and future economic, social and spiritual matters. Recession is importing what you are not right for! When you find yourself, you will take your place and your share!
 
Stewardship is an obligatory decision. years ago i needed to join a service group in the church as it is required of every covenant child of God. My first question was who am I because if you don’t find yourself you cant find your place. You are only valuable in your place! Dislocation is the worst of life misappropriation. The service group or being a church worker is not for show or a crowd directory. i knew i was wired for teaching so i joined the teens church and also the prayer group. it was strategic, i can personally improve to contribute. i must study to teach and hence i will learn. prayer is a covenant obligation, in the prayer squad i will pray for the church and pray for myself and also grow my prayer life. i ask you, why are you in that service group? Does it coincide with your purpose? Are you just hanging out there to fulfill all righteousness and fool your living? God is not traditional, stop following the crowd, we have one source but different destinies. many joined service groups just to feed their flesh and poison their spirit. it is not your appearance that matters, it is the value of your appearance to the kingdom and your purpose. Are you a blessing in that service unit or a burden to yourself. what improvement has being there brought to you? Don’t be lost in the crowd, there is no reward in following without clarity. is their a righteous making in your follower-ship?
 
Jesus had to use parables to reach the crowd so that everyone can pick his plight or his flight. Adaptability to purpose is crucial in decision making. The traditions of men takes you to where men can reach but the ways of God take you where God is, There is no recession in heaven and so if you are living heaven on earth, how can you be talking recession. man lives by the word of God but services the body with bread, Until the word of God becomes your bread, you are in a recession. Now that is not conventional is it? of course not! That is the uniqueness of the kingdom government!
 
your government cant fracture a change, Only HIS GOVERNMENT CAN ESTABLISH CHANGE! Isaiah 9:6-7!
 
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JULIUS AFOLABI

STEP OUT EARLY…

STEP OUT EARLY…

Early will i seek thee o God… Psalms 63:1-3!
Abraham could not attend his only son’s wedding because he started out his true life late. it affected Sarah, she couldn’t experience taking care of Isaac’s son. You can be on time. Decide to work with God now and avoid the pains of delay. Dont be trapped in tradition, religion, carelessness or indifference.

Timely Vision begets timeless impact. Jesus stepped out at 12, stayed committed and finished well at 33. 21 years of eternal impact. Vision requires an undying passion with commitment. The thief on the right found grace but left without any impact living, his active years on earth were ruined by his lifestyle. Esau never had a foundation problem but his hunting lifestyle ushered him into and wild and unwise decision. Are you still chasing shadows? you can avoid the sorrowful tears of Esau.

It is possible to be smart and wasted, Paul was educated but his success generated envy that made some people conspire under an oath to waste him. No other book holds life management instruction like the Bible, if you ignore it, you will pay with pains of the things you avoid.

I pray like David prayed: O God, in the name of Jesus and for your sake satisfy us early in Jesus name. Psalms 90:14!

No one seeks gold to find God but everyone who truly seek God never lack Gold. Matthew 6:33!

Pursue what God shows you on time!

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