You Are a Person

Sometimes, all some people want is for you to be a role: husband, wife, father, boss, son or friend. And that’s all. They aren’t interested you, your likes or dislikes,and so on.

As far as you play your role like an actor following his or her lines, they are fine. They’ll reward you. After all, that’s why we have the Oscars.

But the problem is, because they don’t see you for who you really are, they lose a lot. And this is sad, both ways . It deprives you of the opportunity to be a blessing to them while depriving them of a similar opportunity to be blessed by you.

In many mentor-mentee relationships this is very common. Blinded by shortcomings, or the personal need to understand their own selves, some people leave when they should stay; run away when they should stick around; judge when they should pray. And all of that.

If you’ve been blighted by such a gaff in any of your relationships, it’s the tale of most of human existence; that all of us, somehow, want to be loved for who we are, and not for the roles we play; for being a person, not a colleague or a driver or a mother or a step son; that we get noticed for the haircut or the new dress or the freckles that are strewn on our faces; to know that we can connect with you in a visceral way when you ask, ‘How are you?’ It appears that when we know this, that you truly care, then we whip out the person that we are—good or bad.

And yet, when striking up a conversation with any person for the first time, we often clutch at platitudes for follow up questions like ‘What do you do?’ or ‘Where do you work?’and answers like, ‘Oh I am an accountant’ or ‘I am a house wife’ not mattering who asks… or who answers.

We quickly look past the person to what they do or rather, what they can do…for us; never really bothering what we can do for, with and through them.

It’s a shortsightedness that almost all of us have been socialized by; to look past a person to their the commercial, social or emotional benefit without thinking; to look past ourselves to what we do, more than who we are.

You are not what you do for me or her or anybody. You are a person–with an essence. And if you ever find someone who focuses on who you are–your worth– you should never let them go.

May your week be blessed with victories.

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Head and Not Tail


One of God’s promises to the Seed of Abraham was that he was to be head and not tail-above only; never beneath-in this life. To the Jews who claim this promise, this has been true. Many Jewish families coming to America from Europe in the 1940s came with about $8. Today, Jews in America are difficult not notice because they are at the helm of American politics, science & tech,  business, media and sports. You may not find many Jewish actors but the film directors and producers are almost always Jewish. The sport club owners, the venture capitalists and the hegemony of Wall Street. They too are almost all Jews.
Why? 

Because of a conditional promise in Deuteronomy 28:13 says, 

‘If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.’

The Jews, as we know, have not always kept their part of the bargain otherwise, Jesus would not have had to come and pay the penalty for their failings.

But God is ever faithful. The Bible says He is faithful even when we aren’t (2 Timothy 2:13) and that, God gives without changing His mind (Romans 11:29). 

And so, we see the Jew excel in this world. He excels with this promissory note of God; the same promise whose terms have now  been satisfied by Jesus Christ  and credited to our account. 

The Bible says we who are Christ’s are Abraham’s Seed and heirs based on the promise (Galatians 3:29). Every benefit God committed to perform when He entered into a contractual agreement with Israel belongs to us in Christ because Jesus satisfied the demands of the contract. And so the headship belongs to you and I who are born again.

This headship is what was working in Joseph that took him for the pit to the palace in a short span of time. It worked for David; taking him for tending sheep to leading a nation. It worked in Jesus when He took on lowly flesh, went to hell and sacked the place. He was raised the third day and today, He seats at the helm of everything…with you seated together.

You are the head. It is your place in Christ Jesus, and this isn’t something to be superspiritual about. Headship means leadership. And because of this gift that you now have, there can be no dispute to you place among men.

You are the head and not the tail, above only and never beneath.

Shalom!

Never Question God’s Love

Sometimes, we put out our faith for something. And for every intent and purpose, we even get to a point where we know how it is going to happen; this thing we are believing God for.

But then, it doesn’t happen as planned and we are tempted to get offended. Don’t! 

In that hour, it is time to worship God; to recognize that God’s love for you cannot fail; to reaffirm in your heart your unwavering trust in the love that God has for you.

The Bible declares that we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Faith may fail according to the Bible but God’s love for you never fails.

Never question God’s love for you! Worship Him, don’t complain…

No Matter How Bad It Gets, Meditate


Christ–the Anointed One and His Anointing–is not constrained by how bad a situation gets. 

Look at Jesus. Four days Lazarus was dead but yet He asked that the lid of the grave where Lazarus laid be rolled away.  You know the story. Lazarus lived again.

If Jesus is God’s Word manifested, imagine the possibilities you can experience just interacting with the Word of God. And that’s exactly what meditating on the Word is. 

If you can meditate on God’s Word about the solution to whatever challenge you are faced with long enough, and let it impregnate your heart with a ‘knowing’ that you are healed of that cancer, or free of that debt, you can bring that unseen into the seen; the divine into the earthy. 
It doesn’t get bad enough for the Word of God not to work. Even a dead marriage, dead ministry, dead nation can be raised if you can meditate long enough. 

Just put the relevant scriptures together and meditate!

How To Get Anything You Want


In Christ, you can have everything you have ever imagined; a beautiful family, happiness, health and wealth; and here is how:

By meditating on God’s Word about whatever it is that you want.

Trust me, the Word of God contains the anointing. And a quick definition of what the anointing is; is that it is a substance of God that destroys burdens and removes yokes (according to Isaiah 10:27) capable of delivering to you God’s intent in any situation, location or context. 

Sickness is a yoke, and so is debt, the inability to find a spouse or pay bills when they fall due. It is a burden to have to endure depression, business failure or failure in your marriage. Everyone knows this because of the pain that comes with such circumstances.

Now, the Lord Jesus Christ (the manifested Word of God) came for one purpose alone: that we who believe in Him should have His life and live it to the fullest (See John 10:10 and 1  John 3:8); and not be subject to pain of defeat.

That said, to meditate on God’s word in the Christian context means to ponder, mutter, devise, confess and shout it until your spirit is bubbling up with it in your prayer and general conduct. It is how you bring the anointing, that yoke destroying, burden removing substance into your affairs. 

So whatever you are faced with, get into the scriptures, make a list of what God’s anointed words say about it from the Bible and begin to meditate upon them.

In ending this piece, allow me to quote two scriptural references as the it is biblical rule that in the mouth of two or more witnesses, a matter is established (See 2 Corinthians 13:1 and Matthew 18:16)

  1. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8)
  2. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

Everything you have ever wanted, if meditated on for long enough, will be manifested to you. Don’t struggle like the rest of the world. You are different. 

Take time to study Matthew 6: 31-33. Meditating is the way to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Shalom!

Don’t Punch Yourself In The Face

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Very often I hear people discredit themselves based on where they are in life in comparison to the achievements of others. Now, don’t get me wrong, competition—healthy competition—is good. It is a good thing to look out at what others are accomplishing mindful of the fact that each of us is one of a kind. And irrespective of your lack of experience or credentials, if that’s your case, you were put here for something extraordinary.

So don’t discredit yourself, thinking you are nobody. Think about the positive aspects of your life; the important people whose attention you command; the relationships you have; the gifting you have been blessed with and those things you do so effortlessly.

There is a higher purpose to your life that way more that chasing after stuff; fancy cars, a nice house and money in the bank. If you really think introspectively, you’d realise that you were born in some way, to change the world; to push the limits of something that now is and has been in place for a while. And even if it isn’t a change-the- whole-world calling that you have, you are here to change someone’s world. It is this intuitive flame in you that you must not douse with self-doubt.

I like to end this piece with a conversation from a favourite movie of mine, The Great Debaters, between debate-coach Melvin B. Tolson (played by Denzel Washington) and his student, Hamilton Burgess (played by Jermain Williams):

Mr. Tolson trying to correct Hamilton’s self-bashing asked, ‘Would you punch yourself in a street fight, Mr. Burgess?’

‘No sir,’ the young man replied.

‘Then don’t punch yourself in a word fight.’ Melvin blurted, ‘You don’t have to make fun of yourself. Use your humor against your opponent.’

So my final thoughts to you would be: Be challenged by others. Work on becoming, not on having and please, never punch yourself in the face.