Can you fly a Plane?

Key Text: Proverbs 4:13

Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.

You may ride a bicycle without any instructions, maybe even drive a car by following few directions, but you can only fly a plane by adhering to strict instructions, otherwise a disaster is inevitable. Same applies if you must fly very high in life; you must be willing to follow strict instructions be it in your business, on your job, in your academics or your personal life.

Average people don’t like to follow instructions, not because they are hard to keep; but because they don’t like to be told what to do- they just want to do their own thing. Students fail exams for not reading or adhering to instructions, children disobey their parent’s instructions and become miserable, businesses ignore rules for success and then head for the rocks. Continue reading

Resolve Ahead of Time

Key Text: Daniel 1:8

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

Decisions are an integral part of daily living. An average person makes about 70 to 80 decisions per day:  What to eat, drink, wear, what to read, what route to take to work, what to say and what not to say, how to act and react, and lots more. Some decisions are more important than others; some decisions are easy while others may be tough to make. To succeed however, one must consistently make good and sound decisions.

Successful people have simplified their decision making process by making use of the power of RESOLUTIONS. These resolutions help them get through the decision making process much quicker and with less stress. It frees up more time for crucial decisions, while keeping mundane daily decisions at bay.

Daniel and his friends mastered the use of RESOLUTIONS, and this got them to the top. They used it so much that they’ve decided on their menu ahead of time. The result – They became ten times wiser than their counterparts (Daniel 1:20).

President Obama said this about himself: “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits, I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing because I have too many other decisions to make.”

Make up your mind on how you want to run your business, decide on how to treat your customers (Prestigious or not), how many sales call you must make per day, what quality of work will you produce, how many pages of your book you must write a week, how many chapters of scriptures to read daily, what types of things you will allow yourself to view, read, or hear. Make up your mind to work very hard, and resolve to succeed without any excuse.

Most importantly, resolve to obey God irrespective of the circumstance, and watch heaven open upon your life.

Prayer: Sweet Holy Spirit, help me to consistently make the right decisions that will thrust me forward in the direction of my destiny.

You will succeed.

Gbenga Solademi

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What’s Your Schedule Like?

Key Text: John 2:4-5

When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine. “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

The first Miracle that Jesus performs gives us an insight into the lifestyle of the Master. The response He gave to his mum was that of an organized person. He said “My hour has not yet come”. This implies that he works with a schedule. He knew what to do at every season of his life. He knew when to move and when to stay back; He knew when to perform miracles and when to hold back on signs and wonders; He understood what was to come next in his life and knew how to prepare for the next turn. Continue reading

Don’t Take the Discouragement Pill

Key Text: Nehemiah 2:19

But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”

One critical characteristic of successful professionals and entrepreneurs is the ability to deal with naysayers and critics. The moment you find yourself in the direction of progress, you will inevitably find critics and “discouragers” on the way. Trying to live without critics is a mere illusion if you must make it. Continue reading

The Power of Questions

Key Text: Luke 18:35-37

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, HE ASKED WHAT WAS HAPPENING, they told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.

The most creative and successful people in the world tend to be expert questioners. They’ve mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking—and finding the answers everyone else is seeking. They are not scared or ashamed to ask naïve or seemingly “foolish” questions. Their minds are always open and at alert.

The blind man in our key text was on guard, he was actively seeking for opportunities, and through the power of questioning he regained his sight. His question that day set him free for life. Can you imagine if he just sat quietly begging for alms? Continue reading

Sell Your Grains

Sell Your Grains

Key Text: Proverbs 11:26

The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

Have you ever sought to buy something but couldn’t get it, not because it’s unavailable but because the owners have refused to sell it? It’s such a frustrating experience when people hoard products or withhold services just to create scarcity and jack up prices so as to make super profits for themselves.

This issue of refraining from selling “Grain” becomes a serious one that the scripture makes it an issue of curses and blessings. No wonder the foolish farmer in Luke 12:18 who in a particular year of bountiful harvest said to himself “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry”; had a very harsh judgement: His soul was demanded that same night: Why? Because he wouldn’t offer (not even for sale) what God has blessed him with. Continue reading

Take A Bite (Part 3)

Key Text: Proverbs 19:24 NIV

A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Many have had opportunities pass them by severally because of their ego and pride issues. Blessings get to the hands of those that are willing to humble themselves and grow from the bottom up.

Following from the “Take A Bite” Series, one other reason sluggards may refuse to bring food to their mouth may be linked to pride- the feeling that “their meal is not good enough”. These people form “crème de la crème”, they are puffed up, full of themselves but yet have nothing to show. Continue reading

Take A Bite (Part 2)

Key Text: Proverbs 19:24 NIV
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Whose fault will it be if someone dies in starvation amidst plenty of food? Or who is to blame when poverty is experienced right in the midst of surplus? Solomon in this proverb uses a sarcastic hyperbole to ridicule the sluggards. Not only are they lazy to prepare food, but have become incapacitated also to feed themselves: Probably waiting for someone else to feed them.

When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they had all the food on trees but they had to feed themselves. When Manna fell from Heaven the Israelites had to get it for themselves. It will not be anyone or God’s fault if Adam or the Israelite refuses to do their bits.

Another reason (following from Take-A-Bite part one) someone may be categorized as a “sluggard” who will not bring his hand to his mouth is when a person begins to savor other people’s food, hereby detesting what they have in their own plate. These set of people always believe that what they have is not good enough. To them the grass is always greener on the other side. They are so distracted by other people’s success that they forget about their own opportunities- they eventually get jealous and resentful.

James 3:16 – For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

The servant who received one talent in the parable of the talent got so frustrated because of what the master gave to his other colleagues: he became so hysterical, that he buried his “food”!- He was tagged “wicked”.

Decide today to be grateful for the opportunities that surround you. Thank God for other people but focus on the opportunities that God has placed in front of you. Serve your current (maybe small) clients/customers as though they were a million customers, present and preach to your twenty-member church audience as if you are preaching to a million people, stop comparing yourself to others who seem to have get ahead of you, fine-tune you proposals as if you were submitting it to Microsoft or Apple. Remember much will be given to only those that are faithful with little.

There is nothing like small opportunities, only lost opportunities exist.

Stop looking at your meal as small: Take a bite!

Prayer: Holy Spirit Give to me a Spirit of gratitude. Help me to strive daily to become better and better on my life’s assignment.
You will Succeed!

If you missed Part one of the Take-A-Bite series, Here’s the link:
https://gbengasolademi.com/2016/03/07/take-a-bite-part-1/

Gbenga Solademi
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Take A Bite (Part 1)

Key Text: Proverbs 19:24 NIV
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Isn’t it an exaggeration that a man will put his hands inside food and will become too lazy to bring it to his mouth? I would have thought that lazy people would detest the idea of work, but the inability to bring already prepared food to their mouth is mind boggling. However, there are different situations that make people get classified as “sluggards” who will not bring food to their mouth.

The first is when someone wants to know the taste of the food without first tasting it. They analyze the look of the food, the feel of the food, the texture, the color, the smell, the temperature, the size and presentation of the food. They analyze the calorie content, fat content, sugar content you name it. They ask others how the food taste and continue to look at the food until it gets cold and sour. Continue reading

Priority Check!

Key Text: Luke 10:38-42
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

A very high percentage of people will narrate how busy they are when asked the question “how are you doing?” probably you’ve had to respond the same way too. Many use the term “busy” as a boast, usually disguised as a complaint. But engaging in so many activities does not necessarily mean you are productive.

Little success is achieved when we get engaged in activities that are not crucial to our purpose in life. We lose momentum engaging in activities that do not measure up to the worth of our time. Jesus commended Mary for sitting and listening at his feet, but reprimanded Martha for her anxieties and many activities. It was recorded that Martha, who seems to be working hard in making preparations for the Lord was “distracted”. Every moment you are busy doing less important tasks, you are wasting precious resources.

Ephesians 5:16 says: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil”.

Commit to writing down your most important tasks daily, label them in the order of their priorities and start with the most important. Before you take on any task always ask yourself the question “is this necessary?” Delegate tasks and monitor systematically”. Before you respond to criticism; re-assess the situation to see if it’s worth your time. Gossiping is a “thief of time” it should be avoided like a plague. Turn of notification on your digital devices for some time; create sacred times for yourself to continuously assess your activity progress.

Take time to “sit with God” in prayers and meditation; for there is nothing like getting direct instructions and revelations from God.

Prayer: Lord, grant me clear direction today, order my steps as I discipline myself to focus on your leading.

You will succeed.
Gbenga Solademi
Twitter: @gbengasolademi