VALUE BREEDS VIRTUE

And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus). (‭Matt ‭13‬:‭58‬)

Many times God leads people who have a stronger gift, a larger capacity or broader exposure into our lives to enable us grow our own gift and climb the ladder of success. 

Those people could be our Jesus who would have performed many miracles in our lives.

Those people could just spark a fire in us to make us shine as the lights that we are. 

But we allow familiarity to deprive us of the benefits of such relationships. 

Unbelief sets in when you become too familiar with the person that you take him/her for granted. 

Many of those people grew with us, went to school with us, are in our workplaces or we are in same churches with them, some are even our relations or Beloveds. 

Before they start exhibiting their God-given talents and abilities we knew them, some we thought them, some we may have lent a few cedis to before, some we have dine with them etc.

 In short we have become so familiar with them We begin to take them for granted.

We don’t see sense and purpose in what they may tell us, we don’t see potential in what they advise us to do. We just don’t see the value in them.

We start talking to them without discretion. We take their time for granted, we abuse their privacy all in the name of familiarity.

We enter their space and treat it irreverently. We sometimes questions them, we even doubt if they are for real. 

We do all these and we lose people who might have been our doors to greater opportunities. 

People who could be the shoulders for us to see a bigger world. People who could connect us to places where we could also make it.

In our failure to recognise these people we have lost vital virtues that might flow from them to us. 
We have missed the good things others are enjoying because they have belief in those people we are taking for granted.

Let’s recognise potentials among us and appreciate what they are and what God is using them to do before it becomes too late to notice we missed a greater opportunity. 

Let not the FOLLY of FAMILIARITY  prevent your JESUS from working MIRACLES In your life!!!

9 Lessons I have learnt of Love and Relationship


These are not lessons I read from a book. It’s wisdom I have acquired through blood and tears. Those I applied brought me joy. Those I broke, broke my heart. And those who broke them against me, I’m still trying to forgive them~JB😀

1. Often we fall in love with haste. But it takes patience to stay in love. Men especially must learn that it takes infinite patience to love a woman. 

2. As soon as a partner begins to introduce threats, conditions, ultimatums in a relationship, it is the beginning of the end. Love is unconditional. 

3. Pride is the greatest obstacle to love. Pride is what causes unforgiveness. It stops you from admitting you are wrong. Pride makes you repeat same mistakes as if you have the right to be doing them. It never says im sorry. 

4. No matter what else you do, if you are always complaining or criticizing your partner, they never feel truly loved. It tells them you think they are not good enough. 

5. Nothing makes a man feel loved more than respect. Nothing makes him feel threatened than disrespect. People say men don’t like strong women. No. Men don’t like disrespectful women. Men don’t like woman who will not be submissive or obedient. You can be strong without being disrespectful. 

6. Selfish people cannot love. If you are constantly demanding for things without giving back, it kills love. The other person feels used not loved. Reciprocate what you receive. It’s a Give and take!

7. Lying weakens relationships. Lies, no matter how small, creates doubts in the heart of your partner. They begin to second-guess everything you tell them and sometimes the relationship never recovers.

8. Doubts will end up ruining everything you have been positioned to enjoy. Trust and be trust worthy. Expect Good and good shall come. What will you lose if you expect good things and it never comes, you will rather never see the good things that comes your way every time. 

9. Appreciate the little efforts she does for you. A grateful heart enjoys blessings twice. When they are recieved and when they are remembered. Don’t make the mistake of ingratitude and see some one loving and aprecciating what you took for granted– you will be regretting by then!!!!


Thank You JB!!!

Five Often Overlooked Steps to Getting Started as a Freelance Content Marketer

Live to Write - Write to Live

journey one stepSeven years ago this spring, I was a freshly minted single mom building a new life for myself and my daughter amidst the wreckage of a less-than-amicable divorce. I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep things afloat financially, but I knew I didn’t want to return to my old agency life of sixty-hour weeks and around-the-clock meetings. Having spent the first three years of her life at home with my little girl, I was determined to find a way to work as an independent freelancer.

Through the serendipitous inquiries of several acquaintances, I managed to land a couple of long-term, freelance project management gigs. I snapped up the chance to generate some semi-regular income working remotely; but – although I was (very) grateful for the opportunities – I knew that, ultimately, I didn’t want to build my business around project management. I wanted to write.

This is the…

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The First Quarter of 2015

In the first quarter of 2015 I have done fairly well, but a lot of work still to be done!

Live to Write - Write to Live

It’s the beginning of the second quarter of 2015, and I took a look back at my goals for the year and at the progress I’ve made. In many areas of my life, I’m plugging away at my goals, on track to accomplish many of them by the end of the year.

Some of my writing goals are not going so well.   Some are.

I’m on track to do two one-day writing retreats this year, which was a big goal of mine. Another goal, submitting to Level Best Books, should have happened by now–but it didn’t. If I’m honest with myself, polishing that short story was not my highest priority.

And that’s okay. Because when I look at my highest priorities, I wouldn’t change them.

I’m not going to waste time beating myself up about it.

I’m looking at the second quarter of 2015 and I’m ready to continue…

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Functional PLACEMENT 



Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing?

Do you find yourself where you should be?

Are you functioning to your optimum capacity where you have been placed?

Finally, are you really SATISFIED at what you are doing in Church, In school, at work or even at home/society????


If the whole body were an eye, where [would be the sense of] hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where [would be the sense of] smell? But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each [particular one] of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭17-18‬ AMP)

God in his own wisdom gave each of us special abilities, one that will complement the work he  wants us to do on earth. 


You can only function effectively when you are placed at the place your skills and abilities are required! 


Don’t let what others say you can do based on what they have seen you do determine where you place your self and function. If you know you can’t perform don’t accept it and disgrace yourself by underperforming. 


You must know yourself and what your capabilities are and utilize it to the maximum in any place where you have been placed. 


It doesn’t matter what you can do, in the sight of God you are doing your best. 


When you follow human applause and recommendations you will end up in a place you can’t fully function and then you will disappoint those who look up to you, those who have seen you exploits else where and have high expectations of you.


Get to know your passion, the things you do with joyful hearts that comes so easy and still produce the results for you. 

The things that gladdens your heart. The things that you don’t get tired of talking about, learning or hearing about or even working on.


Don’t compare yourself to others, especially age mates, class mates or course mates and use them as yardstick to make permanent decisions as to where you will be placed. 

Note that we all have special assignments on earth. 


The sun for the day  and the moon for the night! 


Know when it’s your time shine!!!


Are all apostles (special messengers)? Are all prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God)? Are all teachers? Do all have the power of performing miracles? Do all possess extraordinary powers of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭29-30‬ AMP)


So do what you can at the place where you can function well. 

Don’t be a Square Peg in a Round Hole!

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As a Christian You can find your spiritual gift here in Rom 12:1 1cor 12:1-31 and operate in them as the grace abounds in your life!!


Administration

Discernment

Evangelism

Exhortation

Faith

Giving

 Helping

Hospitality

 Knowledge

 Leadership

Mercy

 Pastoring

Prophecy

Service

Teaching

Wisdom

One From my readings.

The Law of Recognition


A Teaching Article On having an Attitude of Gratitude


Have you ever walked into a room and felt invisible?  I bet you would be quick to leave a room if you were being completely ignored.  In fact, I hope you would!


What if you were to give someone a gift and they opened it, looked at it, and walked off without any response at all? Its not likely that you would get that person a gift again any time soon.


I want to share with you a kingdom principle I call “the law of recognition.”  It states that what you don’t recognize will eventually exit your life. We have to keep our eyes open for what’s good and right in life.  When we have something good, we need to celebrate it!


✅What you celebrate appreciates.  When you celebrate someone or something, you’re recognizing and giving value to something or someone God has put in your life.  Ultimately, when you recognize what you have and treasure it, you’re celebrating the Blessor Himself – God!  He is so pleased with us when our eyes are open to His blessings!  When we recognize His blessings by celebrating them, we are being good stewards.  And we know good stewards always get rewarded with more in time!  Whatever you recognize is magnified in value.


However, anything unrecognized remains uncelebrated.  It could be a gift, a miracle, or a person.  Sometimes in our cynicism, we gloss over Gods blessings by saying they are coincidence, or worse, that we got them by our efforts.  This pricks the heart of God because the word of God says that a man can receive nothing unless it is given to him from heaven (John 3:27).  Everything we have, whether we worked for it or not, was granted to us from heaven! Remember how I asked you if you gave someone a gift and they walked off without any response?  When we don’t recognize what God has given us, this is what we do to Him.


The people around you have treasure inside them.  The word of God says that there is treasure hidden in earthen vessels (2 Cor 4:7).  We should view the people around us in light of this scripture and then we will be able to see the gifts inside them, rather than the outward fleshly flaws.  God specifically picked the believers around you for your life.  The believers around you have gifts that correspond to yours… gifts of wisdom, healing, miracles, prophecy, helps, giving, service…there is treasure all around you hidden in earthen vessels! ✅ What would you give to see it?  When you see it, you should celebrate it!! That way, these precious people assigned to you by God will not exit your life, the same way you would if you were not being recognized.


✅Another attitude can cause God’s blessings to exit…familiarity.  Familiarity can be fatal!  Familiarity is when you begin to take things for granted.  It’s when you go through life unaware of the multitudes of blessings and gifts that are here each and every moment.


✅A third attitude that is a killer of God’s blessings is entitlement.  If we received what we are owed, we would be in hell.  You must break any “entitlement fallacy” that you are “owed” something in life!  This attitude will cripple your independence as a person because entitlement says, “I have to wait for you to give me something, and if you don’t, I am going to pout and be resentful.”  ✅Entitlement is connected with legalism, because legalism thinks, “If I perform this way, I am guaranteed to get what I want.” Get rid of entitlement!  God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.  (2 Pe 1:3) Remember..He did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)  We have everything we need on the inside of us, AND a Daddy who wants to spoil us!


✅Begin to change an attitude of ingratitude by imagining how empty your life would be without the blessings of God given to you.  Grace never operates on “what we are owed.”  Grace is all about getting what we DON’T deserve!


✅Remember…what you don’t recognize will eventually exit your life. Keep your eyes open for what’s going right in your life and be thankful!  You may find that the list keeps getting longer and longer.  We need to recognize the people, events, and things that God blesses us with because that blesses the Blessor!  ✅When we are good stewards and don’t allow our blessings to exit because we are celebrating them, God will give us more.  When we overcome the stumbling blocks of entitlement and familiarity, our lives become filled with a freshness and joy that only the Holy Spirit can provide!  Keep your life Spirit-filled by being in awe of His blessings every day! I know with a grateful heart and the provision of Almighty God, you will find more to appreciate each day.


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Sermon: “Benefits From the Death of Christ”

Benefits of the Blood

John M. Wiley

The following is a somewhat comprehensive manuscript from a recent topical/doctrinal sermon on the death of Jesus Christ. This blog post is part of a requirement for my class. Hope you find this sermon to be Biblical and beneficial, thanks!

Title: “The Benefits from the Death of Christ”

Topic: “Christ’s Death”

  • Introduction:
    • Attention Step: On average, 150,000 people die every single day- Biblehelp.org
    • Interest Step: Since Adam, there have been a lot of really significant people in this world, though they too have encountered death: George Washington, Elvis Presley, William Shakespeare, Michael Jackson, Albert Einstein, the list goes on and on. However, the deaths of all people who have ever lived cannot benefit us. Yet, there is one exception. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on a wooden cross almost 2,000 years ago. The death of Christ is perhaps the most critical event in history.
  • Proposition: As Christians, we…

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