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How Grace Was Revealed To Me

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Everyone loves stories. Stories they can relate to, learn from and enjoy too.

And it’s about time I told my “Grace story”.

“How Grace Was Revealed To Me.”

Lately, I changed one of my blog categories from faith to grace revolution. It’s the section I write about everything centered on the Christian walk. And since I’ve seen grace, it would be rational for me to switch to writing about grace, what I’ve learned grace is all about.

First, grace isn’t a topic or subject. It’s the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. So grace has been there from the beginning of creation. But I didn’t see it.

My Grace Story

Last year was my turning point from struggling to be a holy, good Christian to living the victorious life which Jesus has already made available for me on the cross.

From not being sure of how God feels about me in my inadequacy to how He sees me now, even with the flaws. And what He’s already done about them through Jesus.

The issues and fears I had around my walk with God made me come to the conclusion that Christianity is hard. Yeah, if you are still struggling with sin as a Christian, you’ll know how tiresome and bad it makes you feel.

My Fears

I was taught, for every sin, I commit, I must confess all if I want God to keep been happy with me and if I want to make heaven. With that teaching, I was always afraid of not confessing my sins and even to the ones I committed unconsciously. Since sin will land me in hell, I need to confess them because I never know if I was going to die while sleeping. For then, I’ll wake up to find myself in hell.

I attend church service and bible study. But no one taught me what Jesus has already done for me. I was only taught what I need to do to be in God’s good book.

I had fears of disappointing God. I couldn’t keep His commands. Trying to remain obedient was unattainable.

And the struggle continued.

Each time I go to church, I end up being miserable because of the sermon from the pulpit.

“Be holy, for God is holy.”

“No sinner will go to heaven.”

“God is perfect, you have to be perfect too.”

I got exhausted of hearing the sermon, as it wasn’t making me holy.

And deep down, I wanted to be holy. I just needed to be done with sin.

How God Came Through For Me

I took up my desire to be holy as a prayer request to God. It became a request I made whenever I prayed each day.

I remembered praying from Colossians 1:10. There it says, “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

God is forever faithful. He came through for me. He said to ask and we shall receive. (Matthew7:7) Call upon Him and He will answer and show us great and unsearchable things we don’t know. (Jeremiah 33:3)

God started to reveal grace to me. First He showed me 2 Corinthians 12:9

“But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…”

I read it but nothing sprang up. I couldn’t perceive what God was trying to reveal to me through that scripture. Yet while on that verse, another scripture came to my mind: “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God…” Then I recalled a book I was reading, by Benny Hinn;’Good morning Holy spirit’. There, he had explained grace to be the person of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Ok, Jesus was the grace. But how would it stop me from being done with sin, I wondered?

So this verse 2 Corinthians 12:9, became a verse I started to see everywhere I went. And I knew God was still speaking to me through it. Only that I couldn’t understand what He wanted me to see.

Then it happened

A day came, I went to one of the social forums I belonged to.Nairaland.And while browsing through the topics posted there, I saw a topic that jumped out from nowhere. Staring at me there. It was titled “If we are holy, why does God call us to be holy?”

The article was written by Paul Ellis, grace preacher at escape to reality  But was posted by a friend and member there.

I clicked on the headline right away and I was brought into the reality of what God has been trying to make me understand. And after reading the article, it was as if a burden had been taken off my shoulder. I felt light. And free too.

So true about the words of Jesus in Matthew 11: 30

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

There was joy in my spirit that found its expression outside. I couldn’t believe what I read there.

 

I was already holy! Holy Jane! In Christ!

Man, how was this hidden from me? And all this while I’ve been striving and struggling for what has already been given to me by Jesus.

Yes, Jesus gave me His righteousness.Free.There wasn’t any need to struggle to get it.

Trying to be holy on my own was a dead end street. For if I could be holy by my own effort, then Jesus came and died for nothing.

In that article, Paul Ellis gave an answer to the topic from an illustration made by Billy Graham, where he compared Christians to oak trees.

Thus, “As an oak sapling grows, it doesn’t get “oakier”.Oak is oak. It simply matures into what it is, a full grown oak tree.”

Paul Ellis went further to say, “You don’t become an oak tree by acting like an oak tree, nor do you become holy by acting holy. Jesus makes you holy. Your part is to mature into what He has already made you.”

“God is calling us to be who we truly are, in Christ. Be who the death and resurrection of Christ have made us  be.”

Be holy. And not ‘do’ holy. Not going about to do it by your own effort, but to accept and to become who Christ has made you be.

That’s it.

How grace was revealed to me.

In the scripture God showed me, 2 Corinthians 12:9; God was trying to make me understand that Jesus has already made me holy and that Jesus’ death and resurrection are sufficient. There was no need struggling to be holy when I’ve been made holy. I only needed to accept the righteousness of God in Christ.

My desire to be done with sin completely was impossible. The flesh can never be holy. Paul said in Romans 7:18,”I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.” And neither does it have the capacity to obey God. Always working against the spirit. (See Romans 8:7)

Becoming holy and righteous is only through the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s accepting His FREE gift of righteousness because our flesh can never attain it. God knew it already and that was why He sent Jesus.

What about now?

And today, does it mean I no longer sin or fail?

I do. But I quickly confess I’m the righteousness of God in Christ.

Yeah.Not my own righteousness.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Christ’s obedience at the cross already made me righteous.

 

And again, the grace of God teaches and empowers me to say no to sin and worldly passion; and to live a self-controlled, upright and godly life.

The grace of God and being conscious of my righteousness in Christ takes away the desire to sin.

Growing to become who Christ has made me be is a process. The more I behold Jesus every day, the more I become like Him. Knowing that I play no part in saving and keeping myself, I’m simply resting in God and watching as He works in me to will and to act according to His good plans and purposes.

Take this from me: Grace is beautiful.

If you are yet to see grace, keep looking and keep asking God. He will come through for you too.

And now, I commit you to God and the word of His grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among those that have been sanctified. (Acts 20:32)

Now over to you. Are you on grace grounds?

What are your thoughts? Use the comment box and tell us.

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5 Effective Ways to Build Your Self -confidence

5 effective ways to build your self confidence

I’m not a confident person.

At first I wasn’t. I was that shy reserved lady who was self-conscious. I had this feeling of uncertainty about myself. I thought I hadn’t much to offer to the world.

No one will listen to me, no one will read my post if I share my thoughts online, and no one will follow my blog.

These feelings flawed my mind.

It brought my self-confidence to zero level. I didn’t believe in myself. And I wasn’t sure about my abilities.

But I wanted to be heard. I wanted to be seen.

And for me to be seen, I need to believe in myself and my abilities.

It was a journey and today, I’ve gotten my self-confidence back.

So if you are struggling with self-confidence like I did, this post will show you how to build your self-confidence.

For a start, let me explain what self-confidence is.

Self-confidence is a belief in yourself. It is trusting in your abilities to do something or be successful. And if you are someone that wants to fulfill your dreams, be seen or heard, you must have self-confidence. Because a lack of it will hold you back.

So, let’s delve into how you can build your self confidence.

  1. Change your thought process

Thoughts they say, are ancestors of deed. Our thought patterns affects almost every area of our lives. What we do and do not do .Thomas Edison said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right. “ As self-confidence is a state of mind, when you are doubtful of yourself and your abilities, it will stop you from taking any meaningful action. This is because those negative thoughts are about what you think you can’t do or what you don’t have.

The battle to live your dreams is won or lost in your mind. Negative thoughts are limiting forces to building your self-confidence. While you can’t stop negative thoughts from passing through your mind, you can stop the thoughts from building a castle in your mind. You can let go of negative thoughts and change your thought pattern by feeding your mind with positive thoughts and information. These positive thoughts will in turn show in your personality. And from there, your self-confidence is increased.

Start believing in yourself. Whenever you find yourself thinking, “I don’t have what it takes to perform this task,” quickly replace it with, “I have what it takes to perform this task.”

Stop thinking about your weakness and start looking to your strength.

  1. Face your fears

Fear comes from the thought that you are inadequate, and you are about to let the world see it when you step out.

When I was about to start out on my blog, fear surfaced from nowhere.

“Fear of if people will read, let alone follow my blog.” “Fear of I’m not good and knowledgeable enough.”

 

The fear was there. But I pushed through the fear because I had a dream and desire to be heard. To share and inspire.My dream was greater than the fear.

Fear will always show up when you are about to take a step or major decision meant to propel you forward.

Fear of failure. Fear of criticism. Fear of rejection.

It all starts by whispering negative thoughts into your mind.

“You can’t take up that position. You are not qualified for it.”

“How can you start a blog when your writing sucks?”

“No one will buy from you.”

 

These crippling thoughts robs us of our self-confidence. Because we’ll no longer see ourselves as being able to take the action.

The first step to facing your fear and overcoming it is, the awareness of the havoc fear causes. That, fear will always stop you from doing anything meaningful.

The second step is to arrest the fear. Fear is imagined. When your mind starts conjuring up those thoughts of inadequacy and not been good enough, stop the thought there on its track. Stopping the fear is done through affirmation. Speak positively to yourself. Tell yourself you can do it.

Again, a psychology study has shown that when fear starts building up, the muscles begin to tighten. To help you stop fear, identify those muscles that tighten up when you feel anxious or afraid, and try to relax them.

Be confident in yourself to know that failure, criticism, and rejection doesn’t define you. Let your dreams be bigger than your fear of failure, criticism, and rejection.

Life is about risk. So, take the risk to do what you’ve always wanted to do. Just like Nike says, “Just do it.” And watch your self confidence soar

  1. Increase your knowledge

Knowledge is a confidence builder any day. As a student, do you remember when you were about to write an exam, how you studied in readiness for the exam? On the exam day, do you remember how you felt having read and prepared?

You felt confident. Because you have read and prepared for the exam. If you hadn’t prepared for that exam, you wouldn’t be confident enough to write the exam.

If you lack knowledge, it will affect your self-confidence.

To increase your knowledge, embrace learning. Always be prepared for any given task ahead of time. Do you have a presentation to give? Prepare ahead of time to enable you get conversant with it.

Are you lacking a skill set in your chosen field or career? Go get the required skill to update your portfolio.

Read books to increase your knowledge base.

  1. Appreciate where you are now

Most of the time, focusing on what you don’t have now or what’s not working in your life can deplete your self-confidence.

Everyone is at different stages of their journey in life. The people who you see now as having achieved something for themselves, were once dealing with lack of confidence issue. But they went through the process and pulled through.

Appreciate where you are at the moment. Know yourself and seek ways to grow yourself.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Focus on your strength instead of weakness. Realize that you are strong and also capable of pulling through to boost your confidence .You’ll get there.

  1. Socialize

Sociable people never lack self-confidence as they are always mixing and interacting with people. If you want to build your self-confidence, learn to socialize with people. If you are the type that waits for people to walk up to you to exchange pleasantries, don’t wait any longer. Instead turn the tables. Be the one to go walk up to greet them. You should also try to be the first person to start up a conversation.

Been social can start from your family members and close friends. Join them to participate in activities they are having .Also, you can attend social events with them to help you leave your comfort zone

Developing new friendships can also help to build your self-confidence. I’m not saying you should go and become friends with Tom, Dick and Harry. What I mean is quality relationships that will encourage and support you, helping you boost your self-confidence.

Summing It Up

I know building your self-confidence can’t be achieved in a day. It’s a journey, until you become self-confident. Be ready to go through the process.

You need to be committed to your desire to build your self-confidence. You also need to implement all points listed here. For without execution, you can’t build your self-confidence.

The world is waiting for you. Go and build your self confidence.

Do you have other ways to build your self confidence,do let me know in the comment section.And share this post if you find it helpful.

The Proven Evergreen Strategy That Will Help You Grow Your Online Business

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Ever wanted to know how you can grow your online business?

 
Maybe you are one of those who has been told, “If you want to make money online, sell something.”

 
And off you went to create your own product to sell.
And bang…Cricket. No one bought your product.
No click, to add the product to cart.

 
I know this will get you worried that you might end up asking yourself if you are meant to have an online business.
And I also know growing an online business isn’t easy.

 
Today, I’ll let you on, into the proven evergreen strategy that will help you grow your business.
First, let me tell you my little story.

 
Three months ago, I bought a freelance writing training course online. I didn’t buy the freelance writing course because I saw an ad and clicked through. I didn’t buy the freelance writing course because I had enough money to throw around any random course online. No matter the sugar-coated promises to help me become an awesome freelance writer.

 
I have known Walter, the freelance writer and internet trainer behind FreelancerKenya writing course. It was a time I was trying to make a career out of my passion -writing. Looking to hone my writing skills to become better. And one day, while searching for useful information related to freelance writing, I stumbled upon his blog.

 

With the articles I saw there, I subscribed. I started to receive newsletter and content from his blog. Rich, helpful and valuable content consistently.

 
Walter was committed to helping people like me become awesome freelance writers. After following his blog for a year, I bought his freelance writing course. I bought his course because he positioned himself as the go-to- guy to help me achieve my goal of learning how to write as a freelance writer.

 
Now, this is where many businesses get it all wrong.
Dangling their product in front of everyone they meet.
Buy my product! Buy my product! Buy my product!
But sorry dear, no one’s gonna buy your product just like that.

 
And why you may ask?
See…
They don’t know you. They don’t like you. They don’t trust you.
Yeah.You read it.

 
In business, there is a marketing strategy called “The know, like and trust factor.”

 

What is the know, like and trust factor about?

This is the fundamental principle of marketing people go through before they can buy from you. Businesses are becoming more relationship-oriented than transactional.
Before people do business with you, they get to know you first, then like you. And trust you to buy from you.

 
This is the secret to many online businesses raking in more sales than their competitors.

 
In the little story, I told earlier, I first got to know the freelance writing trainer through the content he writes about on his blog. About freelance writing. He was consistent in providing useful information. I started to like him and everything about what he does. His stories resonated with me and my struggle to become an awesome freelance writer.

Then, I finally got to trust him enough to buy his product¬freelance writing course.

 
My story is exactly the same process people go through before buying a product or service.

 
The know, like and trust factor works for all forms of business online. Product or service.
And now that I’ve told you the effective marketing strategy to help you promote and grow your business, the next point is how you can build the know, like and trust factor.

 

How to build the know, like and trust factor

Know: As I mentioned before, businesses are now relationship¬oriented.People don’t buy from strangers. They prefer to buy from people they know to avoid being scammed online.Or taken advantage of.

 
To get people to know you, you have to become visible. Create awareness by putting valuable content out to get the attention of potential customers. Promote free content related to what your business is all about.

 
Let me cite an example.

If your product is body cream and lotion, you can offer free useful tips on “3 fruits that will give you a glowing skin”, “5 tips for a healthy skin”.

 
Or, if you run a traveling agency, you could share on “7 awesome places to go for your next vacation”.
These are just a few. And with this, people will get to know you exist and also know what you are all about.

 
Did I also mention all these examples fall into content marketing? Creating content related to your product to become visible and attract customers. These content are housed on your website, social media wall, and page.

 
I was able to know my freelance writing trainer, Walter, exists through the content he shared on his blog. Your content should not be limited to articles. You can share video related content too.

 
LIKE: To get people to like you, be human. Be yourself.Put a face to your name. Empathize with people and share your own experience, so they can relate with your brand. This is your Unique Selling Point.

 

But Let me quickly tell you this: Not everyone will like you and what you do.Don’t let it bother you. The idea is not to get everyone to like you. Well, your business is not for everyone. Is it?
Know who your ideal customers are.Your customers are also called buyer persona. Buyers who are attracted to you, what you do and how you do it. To help you picture your buyer persona, you should start with these simple questions:

  • Are your customers male or female?
  • What is their age range?
  • What is their profession?
  • What is their income?
  • What are their likes and dislikes?

These questions when answered by you, will help you know and understand your buyer persona. You will also be able to create content that provide a solution for them.

 
TRUST: We don’t buy trust. Rather we earn it.In order for people to trust you, they have to know you have their best interest at heart.
Give away free stuff. Valuable and helpful content related to your business. Let it also be something your target audience will benefit from.

 
Be consistent. If you say you’ll send out newsletter weekly, do so.Don’t break promises as it will affect your credibility.

 
Seth Godin, author and entrepreneur said,” Making promises and keeping them is a great way to build a brand.”

Your consistent dishing of free and helpful content will endear you to them, to trust you. For then, you’ve appealed to the emotional part of them.

 
Offer guarantee. There are nothing people like more online than a product with a money back guarantee or a 30-day trial. People love it when they know they’ve got nothing to lose. They won’t be taken advantage o, when they make a buying decision online.

 
Summing it up

Growing your business online isn’t rocket science. It starts from building the know, like and trust factor.
People only transact business with people they share a relationship with. Not strangers.So, the game changer for your online business is creating useful content to provide a solution for ideal customers. It is having their best interest at heart.

 

It is positioning yourself [Brand] as the product [Body cream] your customer thinks about when she wants to have that glowing skin.
Now, are you ready to grow your online business?
Go get your ideal customers.

 
Over to you, have you been building the know, like and trust factor for your business?
Use the comment section. Let’s engage.
Also, don’t forget to share this post if you find it helpful.

What if There Were no Challenges?

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What if there were no challenges?
I’ve been trying to imagine life without challenges.But the picture I keep seeing in my mind is that of a robot.
A robot doesn’t have a life.Heck,it has no will or sense of emotion. So,how can it be challenged?
We aren’t a robot.We are human.
And challenges only presents itself to the living.

I don’t know how many times I’ve wished away challenges. The wishes only end up becoming a smoke that dissapears into thin air.
Truth be told,challenges aren’t sweet.Nobody likes it.This comes from the fact that we lean towards anything that’s not stressful or challenging.We will always seek the easier route and pleasurable ways.Hedonism: human nature.

 

Recently,I read a story a man told on Quora.The story happened in his college days.Then,he was a timid young guy.In his own words,a coward.
It was his first day in college,and he happened to be the first student to walk into the massive hall,where his first lecture will be held.
Being the coward he was,sitting at the back was the safest and logical thing to do.
The proffesor wouldn’t call him or talk to him.No one will notice him and he will hide at the back seat for the rest of the semester.
The timid young guy walked into the hall,moving to the back seat in the hall.He sat down.

On a second thought,he told himself he couldn’t continue being a coward.He stepped out from the back seat with the little confidence he could muster,and walked back to sit at the front row of the lecture hall.
He slided into the first chair in the front row,feeling his confidence leaving him and flying off the window.Again,he thought of going back to the back seat.But the thought that people has seen him leave the back seat to move to the front,will seem strange to those people who saw him.
So,he took a heavy breathe and sat,glued there.

He wasn’t going to pass out;he thought.
No sooner had he settled on the front seat that the professor walked into the hall.
The professor hasn’t noticed him.He exhaled within.
He was still alive.
Then,he had a voice that shouted,signaling some guys to move to the front row.
There was a sudden rush,as the guys sprinted to seat at the front row,next to the timid guy.It happened with the guys all relaxed;joking and laughing.

The timid guy couldn’t believe his eyes.
For all the coercion and bravery it had taken him to sit on the front row,it took these guys next to nothing to sit on the front row.It hadn’t been a challenge for them.Probably,they wouldn’t remember this,but him,the timid guy will.

 

The man concluded his story with these words: “we forget what was easy because there’s no achievement in what we do with ease.”

 

This story made an important discovery about life and challenges.
What might be a challenge to you may not be a challenge to the other person.Again,challenges presents itself either in small or big form.
So,it’s logical to say,life is a challenge itself.

 

While everyone have their own share of challenges,the big question is this: How Do You Handle Challenges?

 

How do you perceive challenges and how do you react to them?
Can I tell you this? Perception is everything.
The way you regard challenges,the way you perceive them with your senses and beliefs,will determine if you can handle and raise above the challenges.
Do you see challenges as a stone or a stepping stone?

 

Do you allow difficulties to keep you to the ground without a fight?
Do you even know you are the one to decide if your challenges will break or build you?
I love these words of Joel Osteen.He said, “You wouldn’t be who you are today without all the things you’ve been through.Don’t complain about the challenge.It’s not hindering you.It’s preparing you.”

 

Challenges will help you see and tap into the inner strength you never knew you possess.It will make you see other ways to get things done.
You see,life is full of road bumps here and there.The more you understand this about life,the easier it will be to brace yourself up and handle challenges when they show up on your doorstep.
When you develop the right attitude about challenges,you’ll benefit and grow from them.
Incase you are wondering what life will be without challenges,let me indulge your curiosity.

  • Life will be boring.Bland.No spice.We’ll keep repeating the same thing over and over.
  • We wouldn’t learn something new.We never learn in our comfort zone.Because there’s nothing there to learn.
  • We wouldn’t know our strength,weakness,or capabilities.When you face challenges,you’ll engage your thoughts to seek ways out of the difficulty.
  • We’ll have nothing to keep us on our feet.Challenges are the reason you are not curled up in your couch 24 hours a day.
  • We’ll loose the drive to create and invent.Then we’ll loose life itself.

Don’t allow challenges swallow you.There’s always a way out of it.Think of many ways to beat challenges when they show up
The adversity of life is not peculiar to anyone.It’s what comes with life.

Now over to you.

Have you had any challenge,lately?

How were you able to scale through the  challenge?Use the comment section and tell us.

Don’t forget to follow my blog.

 

Which Gospel Are You Hearing And Preaching?

Hi everyone,
Good to know we are all on board,2018.
I’ve been away here for a long time.It was a journey of unlearning to relearning about God,Jesus,and Christianity.
I was shedding off doctrines that held me back from embracing the truth that’ll set me free.And it’s been an exhilarating and too good to be true experience.
This will bring me to the subject of this post:Which gospel are you hearing and preaching?
It’s saddening and discouraging when we go to church to hear the gospel,only to end up being fed “sin and hell” sermons.
“Thou shall not sin unless you’ll end up in hell.”
“God’s wrath and judgement is against you,sinners.”
And it goes on.
Now,does these sermons depict the goodnews?
Does it even portray God as a loving father or an angry God?
I have always thought Christianity to be hard.It’s all because of the rules and law sermons that were hard to keep.
“Do this”.”Don’t do this.”
This rule keeping sermons unarguably set ideas in my heart that,God is lurking behind me,waiting to punish me because I couldn’t fulfill the rules.
And guess what?
It made me so miserable and guilt-trapped.It was like how can I come before God when I’ve not been holy in my acts.
To me,it was a servant and a no- nonsense master relationship.
I had lots of fears.I concluded walking with God is burdensome.
But then,that was what we were told on the pulpit.
Thanks be to God;it’s now in the past.
Grace found me.I saw grace.And grace is a person.His name is Jesus.Now He’s teaching me the goodness and love of God,expressed through Him.
The Problem With Christianity
Christianity as depicted by some preachers,is all about rules and regulation.Preachers focus on sin,rather than God’s love in the person,Jesus.
Preachers make salvation so hard for people.They condemn people first,then tell them to give their lives to Christ or perish in their sin.
I’ve read Jesus’ account when He was on earth.His encounter with sinners and how He related with them.
Jesus never condemned sinners.He never exposed their bad behavior,(except the Pharisees and religious folks who claimed they were more righteous,depending on their own righteousness.) Rather what they received was the gift of no condemnation and forgiveness of their sins.
A case in point is the woman caught in adultery and the Samaritan woman at the well.
For the Samaritan woman,Jesus didn’t begin by saying: “repent,you adulterous woman who has had 5 husbands, yet living with someone not your husband.”
Jesus treated the woman with courtesy.He let her know He’s already aware of her sins.”For you have had five husbands…”
Here,Jesus revealed her sins,so she’ll know Jesus knows her past,yet still loves her.

 

John 3:17 says,”for God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world,but to save the world through Him.”
So,where is the goodnews when you condemn people or threaten them with hell?
That’s not good news.It’s bad news.

 

And what is the goodnews?

It’s a revelation of what Christ has made right for you;not what is wrong with you.
Or have you not read Romans 2:4 which says,it’s the goodness of God that leads to repentance?
So it’s not the threat,wrath or condemnation of God,folks.
When people come to church,they come because they are hungry and tasty for the truth that’ll set them free.

Acts 13 is a word for word documentation of what Paul preached in Antioch

 

And what did Paul preach about?

The death and resurrection of our lord Jesus Christ.The abundance of God’s grace expressed in Jesus.
God want us to focus on his goodness and love.Rather than on sin.
God came down to have fellowship with man.
When people know how much God loves them and start overflowing with the love of God,they will fulfill the law and rules effortlessly.
Yes.
God’s word says, “love your neighbor as yourself.Love does no harm to his neighbor.Love is the fulfillment of the law.

Folks,we are been called to preach the gospel,which means goodnews.Not badnews.The gospel ought to enrich people,bring enlightenment;and not fear.Jesus had a laid down approach in reconciling men to God.That’s the approach Christians should adopt.It produces bountiful results

The world needs to hear that God loves them and He isn’t counting any sin against them.For Jesus took the sins of the world upon Himself at the cross.

No wonder  Jesus said,”…whosoever believes in me will not perish but have eternal life.”

And to believers,He told them:”Now you are the sons of God.Walk in the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Know the gospel to preach and take heed to what you hear.

Now,I leave you to the word of His grace that is able to build you up,and give you an inheritance among those who have been sanctified.

God’s grace is the goodnews.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up(Even when you want to)

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Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up

I’m giving up!

I can’t see any result yet

My challenges overwhelm me.It’s getting the better part of me and I already feel like a failure right now.

Can you relate to either of them or all? I want you to know that you are not alone. Everyone feels and experiences it.

Life challenges suck!

It makes us question ourselves, our capacity and leaves room for self-doubt to creep in. And in such moment, we get drained of our mental strength. We can’t continue again. This leaves us no choice than to give up.

But hold on, why should you give up?

Here, let me give you reasons why you should hang in there and never ever give up.

7 reasons why you should never give up

1.You are alive; this is hope

You are reading this post right now. It means you are alive. It’s a plus and the most important reason for not giving up. There is hope for a life that’s still breathing, even a living dog is better than a dead lion. You have lots of opportunities. Opportunity to make your dream happen, be who you want to be, another chance to sit down and come up with another plan to start again. Now smarter.

It’s only those who are alive get such chance. Not the dead. When you don’t succeed the first time, you can try again. Your breakthrough might be next door. Giving up is not an option if you are alive.

2.Everyone passes through life challenges

The adversity of life is not peculiar to you. Everyone goes through the ups and downs of life.

Why is this so?

Life is not a smooth ride. There are road blocks and bumps here and there. Because you live on this planet called earth, you will face challenges. Everyone.

The more you understand this about life, the easier it will be to brace yourself up and handle challenges when they show up on your doorstep.
3.You owe it to your dreams

The ‘you’ within you have a dream. A dream that can only find expression outside.

I watched a young woman on TV two days ago. She came for an audition. The voice Nigeria. The host interviewed her before she went up to sing.There, she told the host she’s been on 20 auditions. The voice Nigeria is her 21st audition. She hasn’t given up. She won’t. Yeah, she told the host so. It has been her dream to become an artist and this might be the platform to help launch her dreams.

And you know what?

She sang so well that she got picked by one of the judges.

Ok.while yours might not be to become a singer, you do have a dream waiting to be birthed. Give yourself that joy of pursuing it and make it a reality. Nobody said it will be easy and effortless. Don’t deny yourself the fulfillment that comes with making your dream happen. When you live your dreams, you live life without regrets.
4.Nobody has got it all

Do you know everything?

You don’t. I don’t. No one knows it all. It is only human that we can’t figure everything out. Your challenges do not make you less human. We are bound to make mistakes, as we look for solutions to our problems. It does not make you less human. When you fail or don’t get it right, don’t give up. Pick yourself up, try again. There is no hard or fast rule about how many times one can fail.

It’s OK to admit not to know all. It’s OK to admit a fall. But they are not a reason to give up when we face them. They are only events, the result of a strategy that will not work. A fall, a mistake doesn’t define you. Rise up and move forward. Launch out again, now armed with tested strategies and the ones untested.

 

5No lesson or experience to gain

Life is a teacher; the more you live, the more you learn. Adversities are great teachers for life. If you give up on your dreams, how will you grow?

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, failed many times before he got a breakthrough. His friend who went down to Thomas’s laboratory to see him asked him this question:

“Isn’t it a shame that with the tremendous amount of work done you haven’t been able to get any results?’’ Thomas replied him, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!”

If he had given up on his project, he wouldn’t have become successful. And even had to know a thousand things that will never work.

We grow through trial and error. Keep trying, but never give up. Your next attempt might be the key to your breakthrough.

 

6. The stronger the wind; the stronger the tree

What doesn’t kill you will make you strong. A verse from the Bible says, “If you fall in the days of adversity, how small is your strength. Life challenges make you strong. It exposes you to the inner strength you never knew you have. I can tell you that you become open to possibilities to help you overcome the challenge. You learn how to use life challenges to make yourself better.Here is a helpful post on how to fail and succeed

People are not able to get a grip on challenges because of how they perceive setback and failure. When you develop the right attitude towards challenges, you stop seeing them as one. Rather you start to see it as a strength booster. To make sure you don’t get discouraged and give up, when you face challenges, ask yourself these questions:

What can I learn from this challenge? How will I grow from it?

This will put you in a positive state. And a positive mind will make you embrace your challenge, seeing it as a learning tool.
7.You are the answer to someone’s problem

Have you for a moment thought that without your contribution or story, someone out there will be missing out?

If you’ve not heard it elsewhere then here it now, you are the answer to someone’s problem.The world will care if you give up. Yes, you didn’t give them the solution you have inside of you to cure the world of what ails it.

Do not for a moment think that you are here to fill a space on earth. You are here to contribute your own quota to make the world a better place.To tell your own story as a source of inspiration.Thomas Edison never gave up and today he’s a source of inspiration to many lives.  Look around. There are needs. People are looking to find comfort and inspiration. No matter how little, your contribution will speak volume.

You have what it takes to help someone out there. That God-given gift seats inside, waiting to be unleashed.

A whole lot of people have been there before you. They were courageous and stood their ground. They kept showing up till they became a success in their different field.

See..

Check out these inspirational quotes which will inspire and encourage you to never give up.Great minds have written them. They have been there before, but they never gave up.You can also be like them too.Here we go

Inspirational quotes encouraging you never to give up

“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does no one else “_unknown

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”_Vince Lombardi

“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”_Roy T.Bennett

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. “_Zig Ziglar

“When you feel like giving up, remember you held on for so long in the first place.”_ Unknown

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” _Elbert Hubbard

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” _Thomas Edison

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” _Thomas Edison

“Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ”_Conrad Hilton

“Never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying and never stop learnings.” _Roy T. Bennett

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” _F.Scott Fitzgerald

Summing it up

Today, you should make the choice to keep trying because you are stronger than you think and still alive.Everyone has their own share of life challenges.Challenges are not there to break you but to build you up.See them as opportunities to grow.You are not here on earth by mistake.You are here to fulfill a purpose.The world awaits you.

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Don’t Waste Time! 5 Attitudes That Will Help You Succeed In Reccesion

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5 Attitudes for People Who Want to Succeed in the Midst Of A Recession

Success begins with an attitude…not just any attitude.
Success is intentional. It is planned. It is an act that yields expected results when the right approach, principle, and attitude is applied. From the small goal to the big project, the attitude you put up matters a lot, as it will affect your desired result.

Attitude, in psychology, is the way people respond to an idea, object, person or situation through their emotion, belief, and behavior. Attitude influences people’s choice of action and their responses to issues and challenges. Your mental position is very expedient on your goals.

Yeah, I know. Life is filled with ups and downs, the world has enough bad news to make someone jolt out of their sanity
We’ve been listening to economic and financial experts tell us their opinion. And gradually, we’ve structured our lives based on their opinion.

Jeez….There is a recession!

But people are still buying cars, going for a vacation, building moon scrappers, living large…..all in the midst of the recession.
They are still with us…. and succeeding right under our nose.

You might ask, “How are these people succeeding in the face of economic recession? What are they doing that I’m not doing?”

Ask no further.The answer lies on how they react to situations and event they encounter. It is in the attitude they put up in the face of their daily challenges as they journey through life. They know that attitude is everything. They also know that it’s not what happens to them that matters, not even what they hear but how they choose to respond to it.

So, if you really want to up your game and succeed in the midst of a harsh economy, then you need these attitudes:

1. A Positive Attitude. A positive attitude will let you do everything that a negative attitude won’t let you do. In the midst of the recession and negative news, people are still being optimistic, pursuing their dreams and living comfortably.

The word ‘recession’ is a conspiracy against your success. It stagnates and limits your chances to achieve your desired result

HERE….let me tell you a brief story of one of the most influential businessmen and personal development experts from America.
Paul J Meyer.Before he clocked 25, he built the largest insurance agency in North America, recruiting 820 agents in 12 months at a time when the average agency was comprised of about 5-20 agents. He and his family operated more than 40 successful businesses in a multitude of industries.
How did it happen?
He had an unusually positive attitude summed up in this phrase, “the whole world is conspiring something good for me.” If there was any information or situation contrary to that, he would keep away from been negatively affected by that information. During a recession, he and his team were struggling to find new business and generate more sales. Seeing that they were surrounded by negative messages coming from all directions, the company set a goal not to read the newspaper, not to watch television and not to listen to any gossip for 30 days but simply go out and work. As a result of that decision, they increased their production by 50%.
Some people are busy listening to the news and reading media reports while some have shut their ears to this news.
‘There is a recession’ is for people who are not ready to succeed. If you fuel your journey to success based on what they are saying, you will run out of gas!
Shut your ears to any information that is against your goals to make it!
Be positive minded!

2. Guard Your Heart. Do you know that your success begins from within….your heart? The Bible says, “Guard your heart very well; life starts from there. “The battles of life are won or lost in your heart. The human mind is the seat of choices and decisions. What you allow and entertain in your mind will replicate itself as the result.

If you will succeed, you must be prepared to guard your heart. It’s ok to admit negative circumstances but it’s not ok to dwell on them. Our thoughts release brain chemical and one thing about negative thoughts is that it saps you of your mental strength. It erodes the ability of the brain to function. Guide your heart against the negative things you see and hear. Don’t entertain such thoughts.Stop listening to how there is a recession. Fill up your mind with positivity!
3. Be Persistent. Persistence in the midst of a recession is the difference between a successful life and an unsuccessful one. It is the ability to keep pushing whether circumstances are favorable or not favorable.

I love the words of USA 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, about persistence.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press on’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

If you possess everything and you don’t have persistence, you have nothing. If people give up at every slightest challenge, they will have no victories or success.

Your determination and persistence will keep you going, stay focused and true to your desire to achieve success.

4.Be Consistent. Just as persistence will keep you going, it will also knock off every wave of inconsistency. Consistency is always a sign of one’s commitment to their goal, ambition and success story.It is the difference between success and failure. Don’t underestimate the power of showing up. Don’t forget to do the things that will bring you closer to your desired result consistently.

The reason why some people fail to achieve their goals is their inconsistency in following through. Today they are showing up, putting up the right attitude as listed here, tomorrow they are packing up. It will only turn out to become futile. You need to work in a consistent manner in view of your goals. Stay on your goals and plans to succeed.

Be consistent every day. You are not going to succeed because you showed up today. You will only succeed when you show up every day.

5. Go to Work. Yeah…leave the news.
Whatever legit thing your hands find to do, do it well…..with all your being.

Summing It Up

Your reactions to what happens in your plan to succeed will determine whether you succeed or not. A positive attitude will let you do everything that a negative attitude won’t let you do. Human brain functions best when you react in a positive way.

The heart works like a computer garbage in, garbage out. What you entertain in your mind will reproduce itself as an end result. Dwell on thoughts that support your ambition, dreams, and goals to succeed.

Persistence will keep you going in the midst of setbacks and vicissitudes of life. Persistence pays.

Your commitment to following through will reward your efforts with your desired result.

When you concentrate on the right attitude, you stir up the desire to get moving, to seize the day, to take action, to conquer every adversity that jeopardizes your well-being or prosperity.
To Your Success!

Now over to you, do you have other great attitudes that will help? Use the comment box and tell us.

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Relationships:5 Classes Of People To Value

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Hiya lovelies! It’s another new month…beautiful and full of expectations.

A Happy new month!

Today, I’ll share a post I made on one of my social platforms,nairaland

You know life is all about building great and valuable relationships.So, this post will help us all as we journey through life.

Here we go…

“You don’t know the value of what you have until you lose it”.

TRUTH!!

Too often, we take for granted the people who deserve our gratitude, respect, and recognition.We don’t even know who we should appreciate, realize why we should recognize and value them…We never realize this, until they are gone.

If you don’t know the people to appreciate in your everyday walk, never take these people for granted.

5 Classes Of People To Value

1.Those That Worry About You

Trust me, not everyone goes around looking for ‘extras’ to worry about.Everyone has got their own personal issues to be concerned about.

When people go ‘extra’ to see to your well-being, to check on you; they surely have your best interest at heart.Such people are rare to come by-Do cherish them.

2.Those That Correct You

Taking correction is hard.Most people see correction like that bitter pill we always avoid taking when the pill has come to make us better.Somehow, somewhere; we mess up, take correction and move on.That’s life.

No one is above mistake, neither is anyone beyond correction.When people correct you, they only want to see you move on to succeed and take the right path.This act is love-driven.Don’t make light of corrections.We all need it to make progress.Respect such people.

3.Those That Are There For The Good Times And The Bad

Success has many friends, while failure has no friend’.This popular maxim is coined from the human disposition.Everybody wants the good times, nobody wants the bad times.

There are people who are with you for the benefit and when the benefit stops because of circumstances: they will turn their back against you, denying ever knowing you.When you have friends/people who are ready to stick with you through thick and thin, share your happiness and sadness: never let them go!Such folks come with the tag ‘priceless’.Appreciate them.

4.Those That Want To See You Do Well

Everyone wants to be an exact representation of ‘I am doing well’.A successful life is not gotten by mere wishing.There must be a deliberate move and effort.

Everybody is striving to beat the other person to the side at all cost.It is survival of the fittest.People are just too busy to offer a helping hand, just a very few who throw in their support.For people/friends/family whose got your back, who go out of their way to support and lend hands to your elevation and success story: always keep and appreciate them.

5.Those That Tell You The Truth

 One thing people hate accepting and facing is the truth.People prefer living in deception, lies just to keep themselves from pain.As bitter as truth is.it always set minds free.

Truth never damages a cause that is just.It is always fulfilling and rewarding to know that choices and decisions we make are based on the truth.While it takes courage and strength to admit the truth: when people/friends tell and admit the truth, when they are being honest with you, never let them go.Value them.Honesty is a scarce commodity very few can pay for.

Holding people in high esteem is just one of the ways of appreciating their impact and effort towards your wellbeing.
Value What You Have Before It Becomes What You Had.

So, this is it! I hope this post helps you to build up great, strong and valuable relationships that will help you in future.
Do you have other class of people we should value? Use the comment box.
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7 Awesome Benefits Of Social Media For Your Business

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Have you secured a place for your business on social media or are you wondering how social media can help boost your business?

Social media is no longer the meeting, chatting or hook up zone that we all take it to be. Social media have now become the hot spot and hub for many businesses. The engagement on social media is now constantly on the increase daily and people have been tapping into the opportunities created by it.From the confinement of their homes, city, state and country, people now send or receive email, interact with friends, search for information, get news, book tickets, buy products or even learn online.

To support the increase in social media engagement and it being the way to go, check out these statistics:

  • According to internet usage statistics, there are over 3.6 billion internet users as at Dec 2016, making up 49.2% of the world population who accessed the internet 2016.
  • In another statistics, 3.5 billion Google searches are made every day while 2.7 million blogs are published every day.
  • The average person spends nearly 2 hours on social media according to Social Media Today.

These statistics are all pointing to one thing:

Social media is now a marketing place to position and expand your business. No matter the size of your business, whether big or small, there is a place for your business on social media.

A week ago, a friend called, asking for help on how to grow his business on social media. He already had a website built and needed help with content creation for his site. He has taken his business to the digital marketplace. This is the mindset for every business owner.

This post will help you make the most of the social media for your business.

Let’s look at how social media can benefit your business.

Benefits Of Social Media For Your Business

  1. Builds Product Awareness

With the rise in social media engagement, your product has a better chance of been visible to many online users. People will become aware of the product or service you offer through the contents you share. Your product visibility will enable you to get connected with new and existing customers. Social media is an easy and faster way to get your product out for the world to see and get acquainted with your product. For example, a regular Facebook user could get to know about your product after seeing your presence through your Facebook page.

  1. Increases Customer Base

Your presence on social media is an opportunity to increase your customer’s base. You get to have access to new customers through your brand awareness. Your blog post, video, image or comment is a tool to reach out to more potential customers, interact with all your customers. This may all lead to your product been patronized by potential customers.

  1. Builds Loyal Audience

Your connection with your customers on social media is a strategic way of building a loyal audience. According to a report published by Texas Tech University, brands who have social media engagement enjoys loyalty from their customers. Building a community of loyal audience through your interaction with your customers will help to boost your business.

  1. Increases Sales

The more people become aware of your product, the chance of you making sales from new customers. Social media helps businesses to rake in more sales through their marketing techniques. Gaining the trust of customers and attending to their needs will generate more sales for you.

  1. Efficient Customer Service

Having an online presence for your business helps you to reach out to customers in the most efficient way. The fact that customers expect immediate response and attention should bring a sense of commitment to meet their needs. Answering questions and getting feedback will help you improve on your product. Also, when your customers see that you have their interest at heart and that you are doing everything to satisfy them, they will remain loyal to your product or service.

  1. Attracts Target Market

Attracting your target market, not just any audience, is made possible by some social media tools like Hootsuite.This social media marketing tool helps business owners to target their desired audience based on a geographical and demographic parameter. By this, you will get to reach potential customers who have a need for your product.

  1. Increases Web Traffic and Search Ranking

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a great way to get traffic to your site.This is done through the search engine for some specific keywords by Google users and others. These keywords come from blog posts made on your site. As your online presence grows, your site will be visible in search engines.

With these benefits, the use of social media for your business is now a necessity to grow your business. Social media provides great opportunities for businesses, whether small or big.

Now, are you ready to go social with your business?

Use the comment section and tell us.

If this post was helpful, you may  also like 7 Powerful Tips To Help Your Startup Business

Swallow, Chew: How Do You Eat The Word Of God?

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Yearning to know God more, live victoriously and bear fruits are the desires of every true Christian. And how you eat the word of God goes a long way in determining if you become successful and live victoriously in your walk as a Christian.

Food is a necessity for the human body. We need food. We eat food to help build up our body, to stay alive and working too.

The Bible describes the word of God as the food for our spirit. As our physical body uses food in other to build up the body system to function effectively, so, our spirit man needs food to build up the spirit to enable victorious and prosperous living as a Christian.

Suffice to say, a glorious and victorious living is a function of how you feed on the word of God.(Jos1:8)

How Do You Eat The Word Of God?

There are different ways Christians feed on the word:

Some read the word of God, which is swallowing.

Some meditate on the word of God, which is chewing.

An explicit description for swallow is when people take pills. You pop a pill into your mouth and snap, it is gone down into your stomach or wherever it goes in there. Chewing doesn’t happen like this. It takes time because you are breaking food down into small pieces with your teeth for easy digestion.

The Christian who swallows (read only) the word and not chew, doesn’t get much out of the word of God. Such Christian had a quickie feed on the word of God. And as described in James1:24, he only took a glance at the word, walked away, and two minutes later, have no idea what he read.

That is spiritual malnourishment.Feeding poorly in the spirit affects one’s daily walk as a Christian. When challenges come up, he will cower, he bows and gets defeated because he couldn’t remember the word of God to help him overcome the challenge.

Swallowing or reading the word of God without meditating on it is catastrophic for Christian living.

Now….

This will bring us to the other way some Christians eat the word, which happens to be the best and productive way of eating the word of God.

Most Productive Way Of Reading The Word Of God

Meditation.Chewing.

Meditating on the word is the most productive way of reading the word of God. It’s the only way to get the word ingrained into your life. Meditating on God’s word is pondering over what God says and relating it to your own life. This could be a particular scripture or promise in God’s word concerning a situation—health, finance issue etc.

You see, when you ponder or think about something over and over, it registers in your mind. And there is where God wants His word to remain. Not on the pages of the Bible.

“Keep my words within your heart” (Pro4:21).

Reading the word does not keep it within your heart. Meditating on God’s word drives the word into your heart. The Heart is the battlefield where life’s battle is either won or lost. The word of God that will help you to become a victor, is not the one on the pages or chapters of the Bible. It is the word of God you carry in your heart.

God’s word is like a seed. Seeds don’t grow or gain root on the surface of the soil. They need to be rooted inside to whether the storms, winds and bear fruits.Colossians3:16 says, “Let the word of God dwell in you richly”. Not on the surface.

Swallow, glance at, flip through or skim-read are on the surface ways of reading the word. They don’t produce fruits. They do not help a Christian to live victoriously.They either do not bring joy or gladness to the heart.

Do you want to grow in your walk with God? Do you want to be victorious and prosperous?

Then, whenever you want to read Gods word:

Sit down with the word.

Think of the word.

Meditate on the word.

Chew the word.

Don’t put the word of God in a box, expand it.The Holy Spirit helping you, you will experience true freedom, prosperous and victorious living,joy and gladness of heart as you walk with God.

How have you been reading the word of God? Use the comment section and tell us.

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