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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“WALKING TOWARDS PERFECTION”

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Somewhere last year I made a decision to take discipleship class in church and during one of the lessons on salvation, I came to an understanding that, continuous effort towards becoming like Christ is possible — in the sense that even though we are saved we must constantly, continuously, and consciously work at it.(Jesus Christ is the set target for perfection)

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.(2 Corinthians 5:12)

The scripture says we are a “new creature” so then relating our salvation to a newly born baby, for instance there are stages(process) of growth a baby goes through, from the stage of milking, teething, crawling, first steps, first word(not in any particular order). Therefore, becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is a gradual, progressive development that will take the rest of your life. Referring to this process, Paul said;

“This will continue until we are. . . mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.” (Ephesians 4:13)

We often get confused over the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in matters of salvation and sanctification. When we have to take responsibilities for our sins or actions, personally I created the impression in my mind that “God understands” so whenever I sinned I’ll make myself believe that He understood and it kept going on and on. But let’s look at this;

12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

Trembling, means to shake in fear or panic, the word tremor is derived from it. A quick scenario when I was in class 5 (a 10 year old by then) I lied to my dad concerning my fees because I wanted to help a friend who was an orphan, the means she used to pay her fees seemed uncomfortable to me — I went home crying that my fees had been stolen forgetting that they will call my dad to verify the cheque (that day I truly understood what it meant to tremble) seeing the anger and disappointment my dad had in his eyes — I had the whooping of my life(punishment). Now let’s relate this to God, Does this mean He feels the same way whenever I sin? Yes He might even feel worse.

This is to say that I should equally tremble at offending or going contrary to the things of God, because these are proper reactions to the awareness of one’s own spiritual weakness and the power of temptation. So now I get the picture that God seeks such an attitude from me, as His words in Isaiah 66:2 indicate that “To this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Fear involves self-distrust, a sensitive conscience, and being on guard against temptation. It necessitates opposing pride, and being constantly aware of the deceitfulness of one’s heart, as well as of the subtlety and strength of one’s inner corruption. It seeks to avoid anything that would offend and dishonor God. We (believers) should have a serious dread of sin and yearning for what is right before God (Romans 7:14). 

To have such godly fear and trembling involves more than merely acknowledging one’s sinfulness and spiritual weakness. It is the solemn, reverential fear that springs from deep adoration and love. It acknowledges that every sin is an offense against Holy God not making excuses for them and produces a sincere desire not to offend and grieve Him, but to obey, honor, please, and glorify Him in all things. Those who fear the Lord willingly accept the Lord’s chastening, knowing that God “disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness” (Heb. 12:10).

This fear and trembling should urge us to pray earnestly for God’s help in avoiding sin, as the Lord taught; “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver [rescue] us from evil” (Matthew 6:13) That prayer again reflects the spiritual tension that exists between our duty(responsibility) and God’s power.(sovereignty)

Working out salvation pertains to personal conduct, to be faithful, obedient in daily living. Such obedience obviously involves active commitment and personal effort — a sustained effort to work out the ultimate completion of our salvation, which has been graciously granted to us by God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Sin in every form is to be renounced and replaced by righteous thinking. As we continuously obey our minds will be renewed. He assures us in Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; He’s with us through the process.

Christ is now our identity —and in Christ we do not lose our true essential selves; we become our true essential selves. In Christ we are born again and become a new person, which is why in the coming age he will give us a new name (Revelation 2:17). So much more could be said.

I believe I am a work in progress. My spiritual transformation in developing the character of Jesus might take forever, even then it won’t be completed here on earth. It will only be finished when we get to heaven or when Jesus returns — and the best you and I can do is consciously prepare for that moment, and as and when we grow weak or weary we fall back on him for strength.

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13) 

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