Do Your Assessment

Key Text: Galatians 6:4 ISV
Each person must examine his own actions, and then he can boast about his own accomplishments and not about someone else.

Examinations periods are often excruciating times. Students are stressed out with the thoughts of test and continuous assessments. Some starts reading all night, taking coffee and energy drinks to keep awake, only a few relax because they have prepared and practiced all along.

Assessments help us to check whether or not we are on track, it keeps our progress compass on alert and helps us identify areas where we are lagging behind. But the reality is that many avoid any form of assessment: be it self-assessment or external examination. Candidates that are stressed out during their examinations are often times those who have refused to assess themselves before the test. Continue reading

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Pictures of My Mind

Key Text: 1 Kings 18:43-44(a)
And said to his servant, “Go up now, LOOK TOWARD THE SEA.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, RISING OUT OF THE SEA!”

Do you know that high achievers do more by engaging the power of positive mind pictures? They understand that the predominant picture in our mind is what crystallizes into our material world. Continue reading

Keep Your Focus

Key Text: Proverbs 4:25 KJV
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Distraction on the other hand is a key factor that has kept people from doing extraordinary exploits in business, career and ministry. The wind of distraction sometimes come in the form of discouragements from friends and families, disruptions as a result of changing regulations, financial constraints, lost contracts, competition and even in the form of new business opportunities just to mention a few. Getting a handle over distractions and remaining laser focused on the real objective will always result in positive outcome. Continue reading

STEPS TO THE STAGE

Key Text: Psalm 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighted in his way.

The key text above is one of the scriptures that get believers excited. But a second and critical look at that scripture can make it less exciting. It says God orders S-T-E-P-S. Using steps on the way to our desired destination may be time consuming, steps may be painful to climb; going through the S-T-E-P-S may really be an excruciating experience.

Many desire to be on the STAGE without using the STEPS. The “STAGE” represents a desirable level while the “S-T-E-P-S” represents the process of getting to our desired destination.

Who doesn’t long for the applause of friends and family? Who doesn’t crave the sensational accolades of peers and protégées, not to mention the benefits that accompany it? But trying get to the “STAGE” while avoiding the “S-T-E-P-S” may be an impossible task, perhaps a tragic one. Continue reading

Name Your Price!

Key Text: 1 Kings 5:6
“Now therefore, command that they cut for me cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants ACCORDING TO ALL THAT YOU SAY, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

One big complain amongst employees and entrepreneurs is that of having to settle for less compensation for the services they provide either in their workplaces or with their clients. To win contracts and gain market acceptance, companies now engage in unhealthy price wars, which often lead them to cutting corners and ultimately under-performing on their promises. It seems that earning the respect of naming your price is now out of reach. Continue reading

What Can You Play Well?

Key Text: 1 Samuel 16:17, 21
So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me.” So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.

David’s ascent to the throne was not as a result of any political training or military accomplishments, he gained access to the palace through his exceptional skill in playing the harp; he plays so well that demons tremble. Continue reading

The Power of Exposure

Key Text: 1 Kings 10:1(a) NLT
“The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon and his connection with the Name of God. She came to put his reputation to the test by asking tough questions”.

Travelling and exposure to other people’s way of life are a major source of getting inspiration and ideas. It opens us up to a new world of possibilities when we see how other people (and nations) have succeeded in areas that we so desire to excel.

The challenge is that it’s always convenient to stay where we are used to staying. It feels safe to many to continue doing things the way they are used to doing it. Unfortunately, if we are not widely exposed, our ambitions may remain only as “Daydreams” for lack of knowhow.

The Queen of Sheba came all the way from her country (most likely Northern Africa) to the kingdom of the wisest man of her time to find out how Solomon achieved such level of wisdom and opulence.Cultural-Diversity-1024x660

Successful Patriarchs were people that traveled wide: Abraham was instructed to leave the comfort of his home in the land of Ur of the Chaldeans. Paul throttled the globe (from Corinth to Ephesus, Galatia to Asia, to Eastern Europe and many more places). Aside from the fact that Jesus left his throne above, he moved all around his vicinity from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and more.

Don’t get stuck where you are, the world is way bigger than what you can see!

Take a little holiday, travel to a new place, make a new friend with a different background, open up to other people’s way of life, try a new meal, read magazines and article on other people’s culture, understand successful nation’s thinking, take time out with rich and successful people while resisting the urge of asking for money or favor.

Most importantly expose yourself to the light of the scripture: “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” Psalm 119:130

Prayer: Sweet Holy Spirit, open the eyes of my heart, help me to see possibilities where I thought none previously existed.

You will succeed.
Gbenga Solademi
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Love in the Air

Key Text: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Loving without giving anything is questionable. True love has more to do with the other party than with you; it’s more of GIVING than GETTING. Whatever you do with a selfish desire is LUSTFUL.

Giving is not limited to exchanging gifts; it involves offering goods and services that will make the life of someone else better. If you truly love you will you will be moved into action. Continue reading

USE THE RIGHT TOOLS

Key Text: Proverbs 14:4

“Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but profits come through the strength of the ox.”

Excellent performance and profitability comes as a result of being effective and efficient, and one of the ways of achieving both effectiveness and efficiency is by investing in the right tools for the job that you have at hand. When we fail to use the appropriate tools, we would be subjected to risk of loss, poor performance and a mediocre result.

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Build Your Credibility Account

Key Text: Luke 10:35
“On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the inn keeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.”

Building a successful business or career doesn’t require only having a great product, having good strategies and working hard; the success or demise of a business or career depends a lot on CREDIBILITY.

Here in the parable of the Good Samaritan, was someone who saw a man half dead on the road to Jerusalem, got down from his animal (most likely a donkey), took care of the man and then took him to a place where he will be better attended to. The Good Samaritan saved the life of the wounded man with a little down payment and a “Promise” of making good any balance upon his return- CREDIBILITY.

Think about that Start-up entrepreneur pitching to a team of stakeholders and investors, trying to convince them to invest into a new, innovative idea without a proven concept. Or the entrepreneur who runs into production problems and needs his business partners to extend credit for a few days, weeks or even months. Having the reputation as an entrepreneur who gets things done, stays true to his or her word, with a history of successes will help in building up your “CREDIBILITY ACCOUNT”. This account can be drawn from in times of need.

Hear what the Psalmist says about God; “For you have magnified
your word above all your name” Psalm 138:2(b)

Let your word be your bond.

Commit to fulfilling the promises you make to people (including your children), don’t cut corners with your products or services, keep appointments, keep to time, surpass the target that you give to your customers, meetup with project deadlines, deliver on your own personal goals- and earn credibility “for and from yourself” and let God Trust you.

Your credibility is a KEY to your world of abundance-Don’t lose it!

You will prosper.

Lord, give me inner strength to keep my words and the grace to keep your words.

Remain Blessed.
Gbenga Solademi