The Clock keeps ticking and tocking

The clock keeps ticking

It keeps ticking and tocking

The clock keeps ticking
It keeps ticking and tocking
Until eternity swallows time up
Oh, how it ticks and tocks in sweet rhythm
It ticks and tocks so much so that even TikTok’s downloads cannot compete
The clock keeps ticking
It keeps ticking and tocking
Until eternity swallows time up
What will be the sum of your ticks and your tocks?
Seconds turning into minutes,
Minutes turning into hours,
Hours turning into days,
Days turning into weeks,
Weeks turning into months,
Months turning into years,
And you whisper, “This clock is ticking me off! Just one more nap!”
“Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom”
The Teacher says, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come”
The clock keeps ticking
It keeps ticking and tocking
Until eternity swallows time up!
What will be the sum of your ticks and your tocks?
Be sure to listen to this masterpiece on SoundCloud as well!
#EDIFY…poetry that builds you!

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Conceptualize and Act

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

Many people have great ideas, be it about their jobs, finances, business, ministry or career; but sadly, not many are able to fulfil or bring those ideas to fruition. Yes, they have this very inspiring idea of what they’d do or could do, but they procrastinate; before long, discouraging thoughts and seeming “valid reasons” not to act will come up, until the inspiration wanes and the dream dies.

Success comes from “doing”; that is, acting; not from seeing only. That’s why we have lots of people with great ideas—in business, politics or ministry—whose ideas never amounted to a hill of beans; they never took action. In fact, if you’d listen to them speak, you’d be awed at their lofty ideas, but they lack the drive and motivation to act.

If the foregoing describes you, the solution is simple: you need to meditate on the Word. God’s Word is a propelling force. That’s why beyond “sophia” and “sunesis” which are two different kinds of wisdom (remember, the Word of God is the wisdom of God), you must walk in “phronesis”; (these are three kinds of wisdom in the Greek New Testament).

“Sophia” is theoretical wisdom and insight into reality; it’s the collective understanding of things. “Sunesis” is critical wisdom; that is, mental or analytical knowledge; the ability to understand concepts and see relationships between them. But “Phronesis” is practical wisdom; it’s a force that makes you do and say the right things before you even think.

Therefore, if you’re in this situation of “conceptualizing” and not “acting,” begin to have daily sessions of meditating on the Word. Begin with Philippians 2:13; several times every day, you say out loud, “For it is God who works in me, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. He’s effectively at work in me, strengthening and energizing me, not just to think or know what to do, but to actually do them.” Practise this long enough and you’ll never have dreams or goals that didn’t materialize.

“Doing” people are successful people, because many people see but they don’t act! But when you see and act, it sets you apart for greatness. So, by the Spirit, go all out to pursue your dream and achieve your goals this year.

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for granting me supernatural ideas and innovative solutions for my life, job and ministry. I’m yielded to your Word, and therefore take full advantage of your inherent power and energy, which so powerfully work in me to do all things, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:

Acts 1:8 AMPC

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

Colossians 1:29 NIV

To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Luke 18:15-43 & 1 Samuel 11-13

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Romans 13:1-14 & Psalm 120-122

EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional


#Quotidian…grow daily!

Hobbs & Shaw: A Leadership Parable in its own Right

I’m not one to immediately go in for a movie upon its release or primiere but I seem to have done some of that this year alone. First, it was with Spiderman: Far from Home and now Hobbs and Shaw. If you have ever watched any of the Fast and Furious movies and are a fan of Sci-Fi and “action”, Hobbs and Shaw is your movie! My objective is not to hype the movie in this post but to simply extract some precious gems from the reel of this epic flick!

I like to call this movie a leadership parable in its own right! Just so you get a background to the movie, let me give you a brief summary. The movie opens up with MI6 agents trooping into a facility to secure a lethal bioweapon. Shaw’s sister, who is one of the MI6 operatives, obtains the weapon after slaying the guards on site. Just as she is about to leave with her team, these guys in black storm the place and begin to slaughter the MI6 people. Then appears this AI-powered cyborg who had a bullet to his head and two to his chest prior to his “resurrection.” Shaw’s sister notices she has to run for her life so she does, with urgency. Knowing she can’t get the weapon to safety without being killed, she injects herself with it and off she goes!

That was when these sworn enemies, Hobbs and Shaw, are chosen by two separate agents in two different countries to WORK TOGETHER on the case! How in the world would that work?! Well, if you are to watch the movie, you will know. Point is, if you have not watched the movie, I wouldn’t want to spoil it any further for you! So here goes 7 treasures distilled from Hobbs and Shaw:

1. Strategy is key in winning the war.

A couple of months ago, I got sucked into the essence of a verse of Scripture in Ecclesiastes 9:18. It says, “Wisdom is better than weapons of war:…” How true! Hobbs went back to his family in Samoa in a bid to mobilize help to defeat the demented cyborg being controlled by Eteon. Upon arrival, he checked on his weapons stash only to find out his mum had disposed them off. How were they going to defeat an army of men possessing the most-technologically advanced weaponry in history? I mean, literally, their guns are activated by a chip, meaning you cannot shoot with it if you do not have the chip!

But Hobbs, with only the tools of a mechanic and a team of mechanics, managed to overpower this AI-powered army! How? By a well-calculated strategy. I was highly fascinated by the scene in which they made a long chain of their cars in their bid to get the helicopter not to fly away!

What I learnt was that with the little you have you can still win the war! That mountain in front of you can be levelled if you plan and strategize properly. Your business can succeed despite your few resources. Think. Read. Explore. Research. Base your decisions on objective data. Use the little you have to obtain your goal!

2. The bond of unity is so important

Remember those guys who decided to build a tower that would reach the heavens? God said of them that nothing they had imagined to do would be withheld from them. Why? Because they were one. Unity is so critical to the success of any enterprise. Those Samoan mechanics spoke one language. Their minds were synced!

Seeing the same thing as your leaders, saying the same thing as your leaders and doing the same thing will always bring forth good success!

As Jesus said, “…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28)

3. The leadership of a mother

Hobbs’ mother rallied those Samoan mechanics to turn those AI-powered soldiers to smithereens! Her stentorian voice commanded them to go forth in boldness! In every organisation, have at least one strong woman to lead at least one team. The results are astounding! Ask Bishop Dag!

4. The love of a mother

After 25 years of abandonment, your son returns home, not to render an apology but “to save the world.” What would you do?

Never once did I see her even criticise Hobbs for his neglect of the family. She received him lovingly and on top of that, she shut his brother up when he declined to help him.

Make room for the inadequacies of your subordinates, OK?

5. Teamwork makes the dream work.

I told you that Hobbs and Shaw were sworn enemies. By the time that they were in battle with that psycho cyborg, they had put aside their differences. Why? Because they had to defeat the common enemy: the main threat. How often we bicker and fight amongst ourselves while our common enemy laughs uncontrollably at our folly!

When Hobbs and Shaw worked together in defeating that AI-powered cyborg, they managed to disrupt his AI capabilities that were calculating their moves and enabling him to evade their every move.

Put away your petty differences and work as a team in the organisation and the dream will work.

6. Communication and reporting are essential.

Something worth learning I saw the cyborg doing was he gave an update on his progress. He hinted his plan but then Eteon told him plans had changed.

I love what that Roman Centurion told Jesus when he asked Him to heal his servant (see Luke 7:8). He said to Jesus, “I am a man under authority…” He realised that the only reason for his authority was that he was under authority. What makes your authority legit is the fact that you are submitted to legitimate authority.

Reporting and communication with superiors are key because that’s how you know whether you’re on course with the mission. Objectives may change.

That’s why prayer is so essential. Don’t rely on that which you received a decade ago to determine what to do now- there may be a little tweak in your current objective pertaining to that assignment you have. Pray! Fellowship with the Holy Ghost!

7. He who resurrects you masters you

That AI-powered cyborg thought he was immortal until Eteon pulled the plug!

Whomever you submit yourself to to receive from controls your future.

If you trust Jesus to give you eternal life, you are eternally His. That means you are no longer yours. You are not your own master anymore. He is now your Lord!

On the other hand, all the devil has to offer you is temporal and fleeting! It will all pass away!

Make Jesus the Lord of your life and receive eternal life and your resurrection will be a genuine one!

You wouldn’t have to die twice!

52 Important Books to Read in 2019

Reading is a good habit I am glad that I formed in my early teen years, even though it was quite difficult to acquire at first. As you may know, “Good habits are difficult to form but easy to break.” As a result, I am very particular about my reading habits and I make a big deal of it. If I go a day without peering through some text of some sort, I feel something is missing in my day. Of course, quiet time in the Word and peering through messages on social media may give you a feeling that you have read something. However, I think that’s not enough.
This year, one of the things I have decided to do is to be intentional about what I set out to do. I have noticed that too often we seem passive about what we claim to be our goals for certain seasons of our lives. So, let’s be intentional about our reading!
The year seems long at first glance and huge goals and targets may seem impossible to achieve but breaking them down into manageable timelines will help you to fulfil them.
For some time now, I have wrestled with the thoughts shared by Strive Masiyiwa in one of his articles. He said if you want to really lead, you must read AT LEAST a book a week. I have not yet brought myself to attain that goal but each month, I have a reading goal of at least one book.
So, I want to share with you my list of 52 books I am committing to read this year. As you know, there are 52 weeks in a year so one book for each week of the year will do. Mind you, Week 1 is already in motion.
Here’s my list:

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The Old Testament of the Holy Bible
Last year, I set out to read through the Bible cover to cover day by day through the year. Using my One-Year Bible, I gradually made significant progress and missed many days (in my bid to make up for the previous missed ones), thus piling them up into many weeks. So eventually, I skipped quite a number of portions of the Bible.
After I got saved, God inundated me with a great hunger for His Word. I recall how much I enjoyed the New Testament, savouring it entirely until I ‘finished it.’ But for some strange reason, I didn’t want to get out of the New Testament, I could read the same portions in the New Testament every day I woke up to read my Bible but it seemed as though I was averse to the Old Testament. Unless we turned to a text in the Old Testament at Church or there was a reference to a portion in the Old Testament from my Devotional, I’d stay in the New Testament.
So one night, I had a vision or dream or whatever you want to call it (but it was spiritual) and I knew it was the Lord speaking to me. He admonished me to read the Old Testament. That experience has stuck with me since, and so whenever I have the temptation to neglect the Old Testament, I remember it.
In fact, the Old Testament is replete with so many New Testament realities that are simply veiled.
So the Old Testament for me is a big deal. Since I could not fully capture its essence last year, I have determined to not just read it but to study it through this year.
I figure that my Daily Readings were inconsistent mostly because of the length of the portions. Sometimes, they were quite long. But that’s not an excuse- I have to make time for it.

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What Happened from the Cross to the Throne
This amazing treatise by E.W. Kenyon gives you an in-depth exposé on the Pauline revelation of Jesus’ entire death, burial, resurrection, ascension and enthronement.

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Living a Life of Fire
If you were to ask me what gift I wanted for my 25th birthday, I wouldn’t blink before shouting this title. Since its release, I have yearned to have my own copy to read. Though quite a huge volume of over 600 pages, I believe its contents are full of life and power.
Living a Life of Fire is Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s autobiography.

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Live before you die
This is another riveting title I’m absolutely awe-struck by! It’s a definitive guide to identifying and living out the call of God for your life. If you’re confused about what’s next in your journey of life, this book is filled with the answers you need. Evangelist Daniel Kolenda is the author.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
I don’t need to say much- if it’s by John C. Maxwell, it’s a good leadership book!

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Please, don’t be amazed! I have not yet read this book, and I still don’t know why. But it’s not too late to learn from these life-enriching principles by Stephen R. Covey.

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The Triumphant Church
So a year or two ago, a very good friend lent this book by Kenneth Hagin to me. The title shows its importance, and it’s gathering dust, so I have to read it!

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Church Growth
Recommended reading for G-Youth this year! Read it once and already on it again! Bishop Dag’s down-to-earth approach is so helpful indeed!

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Victory Secrets
I think this book will be useful to me this year and always! It’s part of the books in my Makarios60.

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The Torch and the Sword
A sequel to The Call, this book by Rick Joyner is so important in these last day.

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Long Walk to Freedom
I learnt from Dr. Mike Murdock that studying the lives of great achievers is important to your success as a leader. This is the autobiography of the late Nelson Mandela.

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God is a Matchmaker
Marriage! Does it matter that much? I think so! I think who you marry will determine how your life turns out. In this practical book, Derek and Ruth Prince lay out God’s blueprint for preparing for and having a successful and fulfilling marriage! As they say, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed!”

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Kathryn Kuhlman- Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on my Life
This book by Pastor Benny Hinn is blessing me right now!

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God of Miracles, Signs and Wonders
This book will blow you away into the miraculous and the supernatural! Written by Bishop Matthew Addae-Mensah, this is the book to help you activate the anointing in your ministry.
So, in no particular order, those are my 52 books for this year. Yep! You counted right- the Old Testament is made up of 39 books!
If you’re a student bogged down with textbooks, don’t worry. Just apportion your time wisely with a good balance and you’ll be able to do much more reading outside your school scope!

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Why I open this app first thing in the morning

If I am to touch my phone when I wake up in the morning, my first point of call is my Tecarta Bible app. We live in an age of infobesity. That is to say that so much information is available to us even on our devices before we get on to the Internet. The information available to us in this 21st is incredibly overwhelming. And there is the temptation to watch every ad, tap every popup or download every app that seems appealing (because most of them do).
But in this age of corruption all around us, we need to filter the information that comes to us through Philippians 4:8. It says, “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” As a policy, I turn off my data or Wi-Fi before going to bed and do not switch it on immediately I wake up. Why? Because if it is to be on throughout the night into the morning, more information would come to me to get my attention. But here’s the case where God has said to me, “My son, attend to my words…” (Proverbs 4:20). In other words, give your attention to My words. He wants me to give Him my attention.
You see, it’s important to get your priorities right. Who would you like to receive a message from first thing in the morning? Would it be BBC, CNN, Fox News or WhatsApp? I’d say none of them!

I choose to hear first from God when I wake up in the morning by getting into His Word.

So, this is why I open my Tecarta Bible app first thing in the morning. As a result, I am able to focus on Jesus as I study and meditate on the Word. He is the first person I engage in the morning through prayer and the Word. The Word says, “…set your mind on things above not on things on the earth…” (Colossians 3:2).

If you can get to your Bible first thing in the morning before opening any messaging app or news update, it will condition your day to be much more productive and Christ-centered! Do it!

Don’t WASTE your Vacation! (Part 3)

Now that you have a plan, this is what you should do daily:
2. Give your complete attention to the Word and the Spirit.

Your personal relationship with God should matter to you more than any other thing in the world. Love the Lord! The Word says, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” (Proverbs 23:26).

You cannot be successful without the Word and the Spirit. Some say they are unable to have their quiet time consistently when school is in session. Well, why don’t you concentrate on getting the Word into you this vacation? Don’t cumber yourself with so many irrelevant cares and activities that you’re too busy to read and meditate on the Word and pray. Spend quality time, say an hour daily, studying the Word and praying.
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