EXCELLENCE TAKES TIME

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Journeying through life — with, the busy schedules, trying to find purpose, what your ministry is, trying to get a career, working on a project, trying to get that degree, making that relationship work, trying to save a broken marriage or maybe picking up the pieces of your life after a divorce — Destiny. Perhaps you heard a word from God — but mind you, God gave several people the same word — so you might have the same vision with sister A or brother B to start a company but then it might not involve the same process — Sister A might need an office space whiles God wants you to start yours in the garage or the back yard of your house…PROCESS.

As developing children, especially during our youth, we often have a greater degree of neuroplasticity in comparison to adults. The brain’s neuroplasticity ensures it remains flexible enough throughout childhood, the ability to unlearn patterns of response and create new conditioning. Conditioning refers to our habitual response to event (so for instance if during your childhood you had dreams of becoming a doctor but growing and developing new interests you now want to become an engineer, adapt to the new dream)

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Joshua 1:5)

You have to read my previous post in order to understand this analogy. So if “God is going to be with you as He was with Moses does that mean you have to skip the Process? God’s presence doesn’t abort the process… The fact that God is going to be with you doesn’t mean you have to boycott the process. Process is usually an accumulation of boring days — routine — go to work(school, church) and come home, waking up the next morning, go through the same routine and it goes on and on — boring. Trust me going through the process isn’t fun but you know “People who win are people who don’t quit” You will win if you don’t quit“.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23) The key word here is Steps. Why didn’t God say the Elevator? That is because steps here is significant to process — but we live in a generation where we want to sidestep(overlook) the “steps” just because we want to take the “elevator“. We want everything suddenly, right now, immediately, thinking if I don’t reach a certain level at a certain age then I might not reach it, if I don’t get married at a certain age then it might not happen at all — the I have to get it right and now.

We put so much pressure on ourselves, comparing our stories to what we see on social media and what we have in our minds, so you’re 23 and you’re already depressed about not being married yet, not having a car, a huge salary etc. Comparing our youth to things that a 50 year old has achieved. Forgetting that as children we must learn, through practical skills and strategies, to be aware of and label our emotions. Consequently acquiring a set of coping skills(patience, endurance) to enhance our well-being in times of challenges — to perform to our full potential. Growing through the process.

 “Beginnings don’t look like endings” Bishop TD Jakes

A lot of people shy away or abandon new beginnings because nobody recognizes greatness in a seed form. TD Jakes started preaching with less than 5 people as members yet he went through the process not knowing the bigger picture from then. I believe Jesus Christ went through a process too from the time He was born till the age of 12 there’s not much recorded in the Bible meaning He was at the background yet Training. If someone had told me I’d be blogging about Jesus today trust me I won’t believe the person. Somewhere in 2013 a friend Afia Kyei always said that whenever she read my status on whatsapp she will tell me she believes I’ll become a writer and most likely about the things of God lol let me save you from the response I always gave her. God had to take me through a phase before getting here. So Just like an oak tree doesn’t start like a tree, it start as an acorn, you should see an acorn it looks nothing like the tree, your partner may not be where he/she is supposed to be, maybe your career is not where it is supposed to be, maybe your finances(salary) is not where it is supposed to be — but just because all that hasn’t reached the opiate of success, does not mean you shouldn’t earnestly contend to reach the expected end as Jeremiah calls it (Jeremiah 29:11).  Trusting God that it is going to end right.

 “It takes time to be excellent” You can’t be a winner overnight…there’s a process.

So God is saying I am with you, I will not leave you nor forsake you; it does not mean He is excusing you from the process. So you just lost that job and God is saying “I am with you as I was with Moses” you failed that exam He says “I am with you” His presence is in the normal days we think are irrelevant. His presence is with you yet He still has to train you to get rid of all the irrelevant things that doesn’t conform to the purpose(plan) He has for you, He still has to prune your heart and sensibilities “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands” (Deutronomy 8:2) . Hence the wilderness is supposed to toughen you up for the coming Glory. 

My mum usually says “the greatness of marriage is not determined in a year” meaning the process counts. She said if you see a couple who have been together for 25 years and above — they are not superhuman but rather they were willing to go through the process that yields a long lasting marriage. Where am I getting with this? Excellence is not always harder, it just sometimes takes longer. Excellence is a way of thinking, being and doing life that is mindful of what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, how it needs to be done and even why it needs to be done. 

Whatever is worth doing is worth doing right and through a process. “Right doesn’t go to wrong, wrong comes to Right”

And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”(Exodus 33:14)

His Presence is in the Process.

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“Distinctively Similar”

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Joshua 1:5)

Earlier at dawn today, whiles listening to one of Bishop T.D Jakes’ sermons on Destiny Steps, God showed me something I’ve been doing wrong for the past few months. So I created this blog in October, I didn’t post anything until December — this was because I kept wondering if this was really what God wanted me to do and comparing what I write to other bloggers. A part of me was very sure yet after the first six posts I started having second thoughts about it — if He was the sole inspiration behind this, why then am I getting zero, two, five, ten and twenty-three views for my post. I started considering deleting the blog or not posting at all. I kept comparing my blog to a few others and telling myself I was not doing something right or perhaps the Holy Spirit was not backing whatever I was writing…COMPARISON.

Now back to the scripture up there, Joshua 1:5; I believe God is speaking to Joshua who was a men-tee of Moses saying “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”  This is quite intense; that’s because God did some amazing stuff through Moses trust me I wish I was Moses at the red sea — hearing everyone complain just to raise my staff and then part the red sea, cool right? Yet Joshua never smote any rock that brought water. Meaning what worked for Moses didn’t work for Joshua.  I am not who inspired or trained me, else I’ll go and stand at the beach with a rod and try the same thing and say “Oh God you lied it didn’t work for me”. Meaning God is going to be with me just like He was with Moses but then I am NOT Moses. God is going to be with Me as He was with Moses, so I have to discover my own UNIQUENESS to accomplish my purpose. He will not do with me what He did with Sister A or Brother B.

Can you recognize God being with you to the same degree but then creating a new experience? A new story? God doesn’t do an on course, everything He does is a designers “Original”, in the sense that God and me can’t form the same coalition He and Moses formed(figuratively for other bloggers or anyone I compare myself to). I have to be willing to be “distinctively similar” He will be with me but then I have to be myself. His word says ” Behold I will do a new thing in you” (Isaiah 43:19) “for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4) So now what do I keep and what do I let go of? To keep the promise of His Presence and let go of what I have in mind, that’s because God didn’t promise to do whatever I have in mind. God’s Promise is not a duplicate — the only similar thing is “I will be with you as I was with Moses” meaning He will never leave you, His presence goes with you day in day out. He won’t remove His presence from me.

You know how people leave(remove presence, forsake – emotionally abandon) you because you’re no longer useful to them or perhaps they don’t feel safe loving you.  God said whenever He is ready to get anything done or do a new thing in you, He will never leave nor forsake you meaning He will not emotionally abandon you because you disappointed Him. How many times do you love people who have wronged you? Naturally I tend to emotionally withdraw once I get hurt. I realized something that “We can’t cure anything we forsake” Perhaps you’ve withdrawn from people and things expecting things to get better it won’t get better once you forsake it. Yet God is saying “I will not leave you nor forsake you” knowing how flawed I am — meaning God is going to be my long term partner, simply My Ride or Die. Yet I am similar to Moses, I may not have everything He has but then I carry some of His features(The Presence Of God) The promise is centered on His Presence… 

If God is that committed to a flawed person… Can you hold on to a flawed dream? A suffering Business? A broken marriage? An imperfect partner? Or at the smell of trouble do you forsake your dream because it is tough?

You’re not Moses, But God is going to be with you as He was with Moses. You are “Distinctively”(UNIQUE) “Similar” (ALIKE). You Have a Unique Story don’t compare it to the person sitting close to you.

Please read and meditate on Joshua 1. My next post later today will be a continuation of this, God’s presence doesn’t abort the process… The fact that God is going to be with you doesn’t mean you have to boycott the process.

Stay blessed!

HE NEVER LOST A PATIENT

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Often times we limit the power of the Holy Spirit and His abilities without giving Him a chance to work on us — we go round in circles looking for answers and remedies to our sicknesses ( cancer, stroke, brain tumor, scoliosis etc) frustrations, bitterness, emotional wounds, abuse both physically and verbally and it goes on and on. Our own ways and self prescriptions only do us more harm than good. But then I believe Jesus can heal all that and more look at he woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25–34, Matthew 9:20–22, Luke 8:43–48), this should tell us that healing goes beyond just a headache or migraine. Jesus seeks to make you whole.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19) – simply put Jesus can deliver you from anything.

I bumped into an old friend yesterday — whiles catching up I was lead to ask about her mum —  her facial expression changed  from excitement to disgust in just a second. The happiness in her eyes disappeared immediately because of some words her mother had said to her — to the extent that she had doubts about her being her biological mother. I got really sad listening to her say those words — a part of me understood how she was feeling, simply because the way a parent perceives and talks to his or her child becomes the child’s inner voice — and also because I had experienced verbal abuse personally except that it was not my mum. 

I believe words have power and can manifest in ways you don’t even imagine, the bible says in Proverb 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Some words that were said to you so many years back are still imprinted on your mind because of the depth of pain it caused you when you heard them. I have a thing for words —  unfortunately, I have found myself in situations where I got verbally abused to the extent of doubting my self worth. I got trapped in my own silence, I started experiencing identity crisis. Those words re-echo in my head countless times and I feel worse. Truth is all I was craving for was to be loved and appreciated in a way that only God knows how — hence no matter whom I confided in thinking they could help, nothing was able to fix how much pain I was feeling.

But then guess what? My inner healing occurred on my knees—all I needed to do was go back to the cross, I cried out to the Lord.  It didn’t happen in a day, but the bottom line is this: I am healed. I was healed by the Presence of Jesus. (Yes, He can do same for you) I had to come to an understanding that maybe the very people who hurt or broke me with those words might have been broken one way or the other — so my best physician had to be JESUS The Only One who never lost a patient.  My experience of weakness has been admittedly frustrating at times, but it has also been, by God’s good and gracious design, very beneficial for me and others. I believe God is pleased to use our various kinds of weaknesses and limitations to remind us of important truths and refine our trust in him. 

When we get healed we are so quick to forget, and go back to our daily routines, when things are going well, we are tempted to forget how dependent we are upon God for everything (Deuteronomy 6:10–12). Good salaries, ministry success, healthy bodies, or a charming personality can become the horses and chariots in which we put our trust (Psalm 20:7). When our weakness should reminds us that we depend on God and His providence for life(breath), we find joy simply in knowing that we live by His Grace.

Maybe yours has to do with something your dad/mum said to you whiles you were growing up, something your current boyfriend keeps saying to you, or something your boss said or whoever may have said or done to hurt you. No matter what that infirmity may be — I am here to tell you JESUS CAN AND WILL HEAL YOU  — so I need you to shake it off and walk in what you believe — you were wonderfully made, you’re God’s perfect creation and nothing anyone says to you defines you. Yes, it’s not that easy but trust me just let it go and believe in your true identity (How God sees you and witness the difference)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14). Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29) In the same manner that you dislike what someone did to you — you train your tongue not to go around doing same. This scripture gave my mind a new thinking  — in the sense that, I owe it to myself and whoever comes into contact with me to be verbally good to them. Teaching my mouth the habit of speaking good and positive things into their lives.

Prayer

Dear Lord thank you for your mercies and grace that are made new every morning unto us. Thank you for your blood that makes the shattered whole. I pray and commit anyone reading this into thy healing arms that is able to make every broken thing whole. Heal him/her from any hurt or pain be it physical, emotional or spiritual grant unto him/her a renewed heart, mind, body and soul to live according to your will in Jesus Name…Amen.