Success Calls For Planning and Dedication

 

Success Calls For Planning and Dedication

Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” This verse points to us that success takes PLANNING, effort, and dedication. It’s not enough to have a good idea; we need to put in plans and hard work (diligence) to see results. And rushing through things can often lead to mistakes and lost opportunities.

 

It is interesting that the idea captured in the verse above appears at several places in scripture. For example, Proverbs 14:23 says, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” 

 

This verse emphasizes the importance of putting our words into action, rather than just talking about what we want to do. Another relevant verse is Ecclesiastes 11:6, which says, “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” This verse highlights the importance of both planning and taking action.

 

So, in summary, the scripture stresses the ingredients of planning, diligence, and persistence in our work, and to avoid being hasty or idle. With these in place, we can achieve success which could be “profit” or “increase”, as the case may be.

Laziness and complacency hinder progress in life pursuits.

According to Proverbs 13:4, “The soul of the lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” The following points can be deduced:

 

  1. Diligence and hard work lead to fulfilling life goals.

 

  Laziness and complacency hinder progress in life pursuits.   Proverbs 13:4 states, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat.” This verse highlights the importance of diligence and hard work in achieving one’s desires. The Bible consistently emphasizes the value of diligence, as seen in Proverbs 10:4, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” In practical life, those who work hard and remain dedicated to their goals are more likely to experience fulfillment and success, while those who procrastinate and lack discipline often struggle to make progress (Proverbs 10:4, 12:24; Colossians 3:23).

 

  1. Laziness and complacency hinder progress in life pursuits.

 

    The latter part of Proverbs 13:4 emphasizes the consequence of laziness: “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing.” This message resonates with Proverbs 19:15, “Laziness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.” In everyday life, complacency and a lack of effort can lead to stagnation and missed opportunities. Whether in personal growth, career advancement, or any other pursuit, laziness often serves as a barrier to progress and achievement (Proverbs 20:4, 26:16; Hebrews 6:12).

 

  1. Perseverance and determination can help overcome the challenges and difficulties in life.

 

   According to Proverbs 13:4, perseverance and determination are essential for success. This principle is buttressed in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” In practical life, obstacles and challenges are inevitable, but those who persevere with diligence and determination are more likely to overcome these hurdles and achieve their goals, whether in their careers, relationships, or personal growth (Romans 5:3–4; Luke 5:12; James 1:12). 

 

   In conclusion, by drawing from these biblical principles and applying them to real-life situations, individuals can cultivate a mindset of diligence, perseverance, and determination, ultimately leading to greater fulfillment and success in their endeavors.

A generous person will prosper

 

 

According to Proverbs 11:25 in the Bible states: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” This proverb emphasizes the principle of generosity and kindness, suggesting that those who give freely to others will themselves receive blessings and refreshments. It encourages a lifestyle of generosity and selflessness, promising that such actions will ultimately lead to personal fulfillment and prosperity.

   A generous person, according to Proverbs 11:25, will prosper. This suggests that when someone is generous, they are likely to experience success, abundance, and blessings in various aspects of their life. Additionally, the proverb indicates that a generous individual will also be refreshed or rejuvenated by their acts of kindness towards others. In summary, generosity brings both material and spiritual rewards to the person who practices it.

       Luke 6:38 also lays emphasis on generosity and it states “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This verse emphasizes the principle of reciprocity in generosity, suggesting that what one gives will be returned to them in abundance.

    2 Corinthians 9:6-7 states “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” This passage underscores the idea that generosity leads to a bountiful harvest, both materially and spiritually, and that giving should be done willingly and joyfully, and not with a grudging heart.

   Proverbs 22:9 states that “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” This verse highlights the blessing that comes to those who are generous, particularly to the less privileged. It suggests that by sharing with others, one invites blessings into their own life. 

       Matthew 25:35-40: In this passage, Jesus speaks about the rewards of generosity through the parable of the sheep and the goats. He explains that when we care for the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, and imprisoned.

 Generosity leads to blessings, abundance, and spiritual fulfillment, both in this life and in the life to come. Believers are being encouraged to be open-handed and compassionate towards others, knowing that their generosity will be rewarded by God, indeed “givers never lack”.

 

 

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding

The verse “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding” (Proverbs 14:29), encapsulates a profound truth about human nature and wisdom, rooted deeply in biblical teachings. This verse reflects the idea that exercising patience and restraint in the face of provocation or adversity is a mark of true wisdom and understanding.

The force of anger

Biblically, anger is often portrayed as a destructive force that leads to conflict, strife, and sin. Proverbs 15:18 states, “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” This highlights the detrimental effects of anger and the importance of patience in diffusing tense situations. Throughout the Bible, there are numerous examples of individuals who succumbed to anger and faced dire consequences as a result. For instance, Cain’s anger led him to commit the first murder, killing his brother Abel (Genesis 4:5-8).

 

In contrast, those who demonstrate patience and slow-to-anger attitudes are praised for their wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 19:11 affirms this, stating, “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” This verse emphasizes the connection between wisdom and patience, suggesting that those who possess wisdom are naturally inclined to be patient and forgiving. Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 7:9 advises, “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” This admonition underscores the folly of hasty anger and the importance of exercising self-control.

 

Proverbs 14:29 states, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” From this verse, we can understand that the person who practices patience is deemed to have great understanding. Patience allows individuals to maintain composure in challenging situations, enabling them to think and act more rationally. When faced with a difficult problem or decision, a patient individual takes the time to gather information, weigh different perspectives, and carefully consider all options before taking action. By exercising patience, they demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexity of circumstances and the potential consequences of their choices.

 

To illustrate this point, imagine a team project where conflicts arise due to differing opinions. A person with great understanding will listen attentively to each team member, patiently allowing everyone to express their views. They recognize that rushing to conclusions or forcing their own ideas would hinder the team’s progress. Instead, by patiently hearing out all perspectives, they can create an environment where collaboration and compromise can thrive, leading to better outcomes.

 

Let’s consider the opposite scenario: a quick-tempered person. Someone who lacks patience tends to react impulsively, often leading to poor judgment calls. In moments of frustration or anger, they may say or do things without considering the consequences. This impulsive behavior hinders their ability to think clearly, leading to regrettable actions and missed opportunities for growth and understanding.

 

For instance, imagine a student struggling with a challenging subject. If they become quick-tempered and easily frustrated when encountering difficulties, they may give up on the subject altogether. In contrast, a patient student would persistently seek help from teachers, work diligently through assignments, and gradually develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Their patience allows them to embrace the learning process and steadily improve, ultimately leading to greater comprehension.

Embracing the journey

It is important, however, to note that patience is not simply about waiting idly. It involves actively engaging with the situation, seeking solutions, and embracing the journey. Cultivating patience requires perseverance, resilience, and the willingness to adapt. It means recognizing that some goals take time to accomplish and that setbacks are part of the process. Ultimately, this patient approach leads to a more understanding of the situation at hand (James 1:4).

 

Let’s consider a career change as an example. Someone who is determined to transition into a new field but lacks patience might hastily apply for any available job, even if it doesn’t align with their long-term goals. On the other hand, a person with great understanding will patiently research the industry, acquire additional skills if necessary, and strategically network with professionals in the desired field. This patient approach increases the likelihood of finding a fulfilling position that truly matches their aspirations.

 

To conclude, Proverbs 14:29 suggests that those who exhibit patience possess great understanding. Through patient deliberation, thoughtful decision-making, and a willingness to persevere, individuals gain a deeper comprehension of complex situations and grow in wisdom. It becomes evident that patient individuals excel in collaborative efforts, overcome challenges more effectively, and navigate personal and professional growth with purpose and grace.

YOU HAVE GOT TO TRULY FORGIVE

YOU HAVE GOT TO TRULY FORGIVE

YOU HAVE GOT TO TRULY FORGIVEHello! Heirs of God, it’s Easter time, a time we celebrate in remembrance and thankfulness of the liberation, freedom, peace, and life that Jesus made possible through His death and resurrection.

But should you celebrate with a wounded heart? Or how would you celebrate having wounded the heart of someone else? Would you call it true joy if the redemptive works of your Savior and Lord are replaced by the memories of your past? the resentments? the bitterness? the unforgiveness? the refusal to let go of your hurts or those who hurt you? Does any of what you’ve just read reflect freedom to you? Sincerely speaking, if you rejoice during Easter with anything that looks like what we have just described above, it means you have not truly understood the reason for the season.

This season is all about freedom. Freedom from anything that enslaves— from sin to self, to people and works. And no one brings about this freedom but Jesus Christ. It’s the Son of God that sets free, and he whom the Son sets free is indeed a free person (John 8:36). Only free people understand the reason for this season. Only free people can be thankful to God. What is it that is holding you from experiencing this new-found freedom in Christ available to you?

Beloved child of God, Easter is the time of the resurrection of Christ. It is a time of life, peace, and joy. This moment brings new life to people generally and specifically, to emotionally wounded people. This new life is a fresh start made possible by the act of forgiveness.

Limiting Your World

 Are you aware of the fact that when you do not forgive someone, you limit your world? Do you know that when you do not forgive someone, you are living in misery? Yeah, with the spirit of unforgiveness, you trap your liberty, peace, and joy within yourself. And you can not move forward with your life without carrying the past along with you.

 The past becomes a heavy bag of trash on you that would normally have been emptied. Think about that for a moment! With the spirit of unforgiveness, every time that you see the person who hurt you, you feel hurt because the story returns to your heart. The issue seems to resurface every time your mind thinks of it. It would feel and be like it just happened a moment ago. Oh no, child of God, you shouldn’t live that way. It is necessary to empty the trash bag, beloved, and move on.

Makes The Body Unwell

To not forgive someone can be detrimental to your health. It can cause sickness to the body, do you know that? Perhaps the reason you’re sick or in pain is because you have not forgiven those who have hurt you in the past.

The lack of forgiveness can undoubtedly kill someone. It can cause your death before your actual time, do you know that? Living with these emotional scars can stress your life and reduce your youth, of course.

Easter And The Power To Forgive

Easter time brings a strong power that facilitates people to forgive. The Easter season provides a great demonstration of the spirit of forgiveness. Easter was the moment of human weakness but also the greatest moment that humans received God’s forgiveness.

 All those people who hurt Jesus received forgiveness during the Easter season.  Apostle Peter denied Jesus three times consistently. And that hurt Jesus, but Jesus forgave Peter during the Easter period. Thomas also hurt Him as he doubted Jesus, but Jesus forgave him too. He did not throw him out, nor did He put an end to the relationship between them.

The people who crucified Jesus on the cross were forgiven too by Jesus. In fact, Jesus had no emotional trash on him before his death. What an example that Jesus gives us to forgive those who hurt us. He also literally asks us to forgive others, and it’s possible (Colossians 3:13). We can forgive because we are a forgiven people.

In Him Because Of Forgiveness

 Are you aware that you are in Christ because of the power of forgiveness? Because of the fact that you’re forgiven, I mean. Yes, it’s true. God has forgiven you of your sins. That’s why you stand in His grace. But by standing in His grace, you are asked to forgive one another as Christ forgave you (Colossians 3:13).

There is no Easter without the spirit of forgiveness. It would be an act of hypocrisy if you rejoice in Easter when you know you have not forgiven certain people you should have forgiven. For there is no Easter without the spirit of forgiveness, are you with me? Easter was possible because there was a forgiving spirit in Jesus Christ.

Before dying, the very last words of Jesus were: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). You see clearly that Jesus was not seeking revenge but how to forgive those who hurt Him. This is the spirit of forgiveness. It’s what we’re talking about. To forgive is very powerful and also spiritual.

An Act Pregnant With Power

 That act of forgiving is pregnant with power. The act of forgiveness has the potential power to free anyone. The act of forgiveness has the potential power to free yourself. To forgive someone is one thing but to forgive yourself is something else. And the easiest way to forgive yourself and release your liberty is to forgive others. Therefore, forgive others from your heart so that you too may be released. This Easter season is a time to truly forgive from the heart.

If you have difficulties to forgive, now is the time to do so. Because it is Easter. Are you willing to release yourself? Are you willing to continue your new life without the memory of the past? Then you must forgive all those who have hurt you. Think of all who have hurt you in the past. Are you ready to begin a new life without keeping the hurtful thoughts of the past in your mind? Are you ready to put your emotions on the Word of God and forgive them? Then pray this prayer sincerely below.

“God our Father, the light of this Easter season has shone in my heart. I can now see why Jesus forgave all those who hurt Him. I can now see why Jesus forgives people who still make mistakes today.

“Heavenly Father, You know how I was hurt by my friends… (you can name them here). You know the evil they did to me (you may name some if you want to). But today, before you Lord and to honor your word, I choose to forgive them from the bottom of my heart, just as Jesus has forgiven me.

“I refuse to think evil against those who hurt me. I refuse to speak evil against them. I also refuse resentment in any form. I choose to put my mind on your Word and free myself from past mistakes and hurts. I choose to release my mind from all evil linked to the past. And I also ask you to forgive me of any mistake I might have done to others and to you Lord my God.

“Father, I also pray for all those who have hurt me for you to forgive them just as you have forgiven me this day. Heavenly Father, help me also to live better for you, with no memory of the past, with no memory of the evil perpetrated against me in Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen. Thank you, God, for giving me a new beginning. Thank you for my new life. (You may continue to worship God as the Spirit leads you).

May The Lord Bless You, Richly, and Happy Easter!

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Generosity fosters positive relationships and community impact

 

Generosity fosters positive relationships and community impact

Generosity fosters positive relationships and community impactAccording to Proverbs 11:25, a generous person experiences several blessings both practically and spiritually. First, they prosper spiritually as they embody the character of God, who is generous and benevolent. This aligns with the biblical principle that giving leads to spiritual abundance and fulfillment.

 

In Luke 6:38, Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This verse emphasizes the principle of reciprocity in giving. When we give generously, God blesses us in return, often in ways that exceed our expectations.

 

Second, a generous person often experiences practical blessings, such as financial prosperity and material provision. Proverbs 22:9 states, “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” This highlights the connection between generosity and material blessings. When we freely share what we have with others, God blesses us abundantly, meeting our needs and providing for us in unexpected ways.

 

Moreover, generosity fosters positive relationships and community impact. By sharing their resources and blessings with others, generous individuals build trust, goodwill, and unity within their communities. This contributes to a flourishing and harmonious society, reflecting God’s desire for His people to love and care for one another.

 

Overall, Proverbs 11:25 teaches that generosity is a pathway to both spiritual and practical blessings. It encourages believers to cultivate a generous heart, knowing that God honors and rewards those who give freely and sacrificially.

Parents Are Truly The Pride Of Their Children

According to Proverbs 17:6 “Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.”     

 

My parents and grandparents modeled the truth of God’s word in me and my siblings (2 Timothy 2:15: Colossians 3:16) not only with the words they said but also in their actions and behaviours (Proverbs 22:6).  God Gave them to me  as a  gift, I must keep appreciating, celebrating and honouring them (1 Corinthians 1;4: Philippians 1:3)

 

The verse describes a mutual state of love between parents, grandparents, and children in a family. The children take pride in their parents, and grandparents view grandchildren as their crowning glory.

 

I remembered the labour and investment they made to ensure I had a quality education and became a figure in the society (Matthew 19:17, 19; Ephesians 6:1-3). Their chastisement and correction have shaped me although it was not easy to abide by all instructions given by them (Hebrew 12:11). I take pride in their commitment, resilience and spiritual upbringing in studying the word of God and prayers as a training to make us useful to God and our society.

 

In contrast, some children can not take pride in their parents because some parents pay more attention to material things, are careless, and have no time to settle down with their children to show them the way of God at an early stage. Such children will wish evil on their parents. 

 

In conclusion, parents should make their children the first priority in all, a home not in shape will be void and empty at the end. Let children take pride in us as a parents when we do all that is required for building them on a sure and good foundation that is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-11). Parents are builders!

The importance of seeking and aligning with the will of God

I do agree, by virtue of scripture, on the importance of seeking and aligning with the will of God.

 

In 1 Samuel chapter 1, the story of Hannah illustrates the importance of seeking and aligning with the will of God in the context of family. Hannah, despite facing personal challenges, sought the Lord’s will earnestly. This aligns with the biblical principle of prioritizing God’s will as the highest desire for the home/family.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV):

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

This passage emphasizes the importance of trusting God and seeking His guidance in all aspects of life, including family matters.

 

Matthew 6:33 (NIV):

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

Jesus implored us His followers to prioritize seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness, assuring that God will provide for our needs.

 

Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Seeking God’s will involves committing decisions to Him. This brings divine guidance and ensures that the family makes choices aligned with God’s purpose.

 

Psalm 133:1 (NIV) – “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

Seeking God’s will fosters unity within the family. Shared values and a common purpose based on God’s guidance contribute to harmony.

 

The example of Hannah and these biblical references underscore the idea that the will of God should be the highest desire for the home/family. Seeking and aligning with God’s will brings divine guidance, blessings, and a foundation of faith for the family.

Prioritizing the will of God leads to blessings

Any family that prioritizes the will of God will enjoy the blessings of a happy home with godly children. The following are the benefits of doing God’s will as a family: 1 Samuel 1.

 

  1. God’s will leads to blessings and joy. Even though Hannah was barren, she persistently prayed for a child, believing that it was God’s will for her. When God finally answered her prayer and gave her Samuel, it brought great rejoicing (1 Samuel 1:10, 19-20). Seeking God’s will aligns us with his purposes and results in blessings.

 

  1. God’s will empowers us to honor our promises. When Hannah made a vow to dedicate any son she bore to the Lord’s service, she sought God’s will. By doing so, she fulfilled her promise when Samuel was born (1 Samuel 1:11, 24-28). If we follow God’s plan for our lives, we can fulfill the commitments we have made to Him.

 

  1. Putting God’s will first can lead us to greater things. In the Bible story of Hannah and Samuel, Hannah prayed for a child and dedicated him to God. As a result, God used Samuel in amazing ways as a prophet, priest, and judge to lead Israel (1 Samuel 3:19-21). When we prioritize God’s purposes over our own, we can find more meaningful ways to live our lives. 

 

  1. Her recognition of God’s will. Hannah, from the book of 1 Samuel, recognized that children are gifts from God and should be stewarded for His glory. When parents prioritize God’s will in their lives, it teaches their children to do the same and live for God’s glory instead of their self-interest.

 

  1. God’s will gives a sense of meaning and mission. Elkanah supported Hannah’s vow and Samuel’s dedication, unifying the family in a shared vision to serve God (1 Samuel 1:21-23). Prioritizing God’s will gives families a primary sense of meaning and mission.

Is It Good For Husbands To Regularly Worship God?

 

Is it good for husbands to regularly worship God?

Yes, it is good for husbands to regularly worship God.

In 1 Samuel chapter 1, we find the story of Elkanah, who regularly went to worship and sacrifice to the Lord, even though his wife Hannah faced challenges. Yes, it is good for husbands to regularly worship God for several reasons:

  1. Spiritual Leadership:

    Regular worship demonstrates spiritual leadership within the family. Husbands, as heads of households, can set an example by prioritizing worship.

  1. Seeking Guidance:

    Worship is a time when individuals seek God’s guidance and wisdom. Husbands, by engaging in regular worship, show their reliance on God’s direction in leading their families.

  1. Cultivating Faith:

    Worship helps cultivate and strengthen faith. Husbands, through consistent worship, contribute to the spiritual growth and resilience of their families.

  1. Modeling Devotion:

    Regular worship allows husbands to model devotion to God, teaching their families the importance of a personal relationship with the Lord.

  1. Family Unity:

    Worship can foster a sense of unity within the family. When husbands participate, it encourages a shared spiritual experience that can strengthen family bonds.

In summary, based on biblical principles and the example set by individuals like Elkanah, husbands regularly worshiping God is not only good but also plays a vital role in nurturing a spiritually vibrant and united family.