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Daily Success! Love is not stupid – Ezekiel Atang

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2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”.

Well, today is Valentine’s Day, and I wish everyone a happy Valentine’s or love’s day. It is my prayer that you will show some love to someone who least expected it today. Married spouses should use this opportunity to surprise themselves in as many ways as they can. But I am also aware of the fact that Valentine’s day is a day characterized by so many stupid and foolish things.

There are many young girls that will lose their virginity today through rape, but mostly through foolishness. Many men may cheat on their wives today and vice versa. Pregnancies will be conceived and there will be several abortions of innocent babies a few weeks after. I mean, the thought of it can be really frightening. Majority of what we see go on during Valentine’s day are just outright stupidity. Why would anyone mortgage their future happiness in one day or moment of ‘so called fun’?
This is why our text reveals today that God is the author of true love, and that love comes with sound mind. Meaning that this Love is not stupid and does not make you do stupid things either. It is stupid to lose your virginity outside of marriage, it is stupid to break your spouse’s heart by cheating on them, it is so stupid to expose yourself to pregnancies you do not want to keep, and thereby staining your hands with blood when you lie on an abortion table. It may interest you to know that Akwa Ibom state is one of the highest HIV infected states in Nigeria. It is therefore stupid to ruin your health in the name of Valentine, while dishonouring the almighty God.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; and I pray for you today, that wisdom will fill your heart and soul today in Jesus Name.
Happy Valentine’s day.

Action Points
i. Determine to honour God today no matter what.
ii. Resist all forms of sexual temptations along with other kinds of temptations, and you will be glad you did in the near future.

Prayer
-Father on this day that the world celebrates love, I choose to celebrate your love for me.
-Thank you for teaching me how to love by dying for me on that old rugged cross.
-Teach me to be a blessing, the way you are a blessing to me in Jesus Name.

Nugget
God is the author of true love, and that love comes with sound mind. Meaning that this Love is not stupid and does not make you do stupid things either.

 

KILLERS OF LOVE II

Proverbs 18:21 KJV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.

Love can be born and love can die as well. It has been confirmed that love dies every blessed day in marriages. There are many marriages where the love they share is at the brink of death, and it is crucial that we know the cause of this human disaster. From our text, we can see that words of the mouth make up a major reason why marital love dies and keeps dying.
Let it be known that each time you speak to your spouse or about your spouse, one of two things happens; it is either you are proclaiming death or life. Every word you utter from mouth is either shortening the life span of your marriage or lengthening it. There are marriages that have technically died due to irrecoverable words spoken by spouses in the past. And what is most unfortunate is that lessons have not been learnt, so, more hurtful words keep going out and more things keep dying in the marriage.

However, the reverse can be the case; you will lose nothing if you begin to speak positive things to your spouse and about your spouse. You will have to kill the desire, thirst or urge to be nasty in your remarks to your spouse, knowing full well that you will produce either life or death at the end of the day. Let’s assume you have had a rough marriage for a few years, don’t you think speaking positive things and speaking positively about your spouse will bring back life to your marriage? Let’s learn from Adam; he refused to react to the wrong doing of his wife in yielding to satan’s temptation. Rather, he called her by a new name “Eve”, and Eve means “life giver” or “mother of the living “. He spoke life to his wife, you too do the same to your spouse today and watch your marriage experience better life in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. Make up your mind never to open your mouth if something kind and life-giving will not proceed from it.
ii. Determine to speak good and positive things over your spouse, to your spouse and about your spouse.
iii. Ask the Lord to help you discipline yourself to put a watch over your mouth from today.

Prayer
-Lord please put a watch over my mouth in Jesus Name.
-Lord please fill my heart with all the faith I need to see change in my spouse in Jesus Name.

Nugget
Kill the desire or urge to be nasty in your remarks to your spouse, knowing full well that you will produce either life or death, depending on your choice of words.

 

THE TEST OF CHARACTER

1 Timothy 6:10 KJV
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”

Character is one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual. Character can be defined also as the general disposition of a person. Your character can be used to identify you, even when your name is not known. Your character can be more powerful than your name, because your name will not make sense when your character is rotten. Your character can be your door opener or something that closes doors to you.
There are a few ways to determine a person’s character amongst others, and they bother on matters relating to money, sex and power. These are three ways a person’s character is revealed. Let’s talk about money.
-Money has no morals: It is amoral in nature, because it takes the character of its owner or handler.
-Money is an enabler: Money enables you to do what you have always wanted to do, and to be what has always been in your mind. Money helps you to give expression to your true self. What you do or do not do when money enters your hand, is who you really are. There is a forced humility that poverty gives to people, that makes it look as though they are truly humble, but money becomes the revealer.
-What you do with money kept in your trust is another revealer of your character: If people leave money with you without any issues thereafter, then your character has gone through some refining.
There will be no need to tell you of Judas Iscariot. He must have been okay when Jesus chose him, but soon after money was kept in his trust, his true nature and character came to the fore.
Receive grace for sound character, as far as money is concerned in Jesus Name.

Action Points/Prayer
i. Ask God for the spirit of contentment.
ii. Ask God to deliver you from any kind of unwholesome relationship with money.
iii. Ask the Lord to give you a sound and sensitive conscience.

Nugget
What you do or do not do when money enters your hand, is who you really are – Money helps you to give expression to your true self.

 

THE TEST OF CHARACTER II

Proverbs 31:2-3 GNT
“You are my own dear son, the answer to my prayers. What shall I tell you? Don’t spend all your energy on sex and all your money on women; they have destroyed kings”

We established the fact that your character is as powerful as your name; if not more powerful. Your character can be a door closer or a door opener for you. We confirmed that character is known under pressure, because who you are under pressure is most likely who you truly are. Three major areas reveal character, and they are money, sex and power. These are three ways through which satan neutralizes people’s destinies and make them ineffective and maybe null and void.
Let’s talk about sex:
-When your character is flawed by sexual weakness, you automatically become a leaking vessel. There will be practically nothing God puts in your life that will stay.
-If you cannot handle relationships with the opposite sex without it being defiled by sex, then you are not the kind of person God or man will trust. You will lose respect, you will lose face and favour with men.
-There is practically no one in the scriptures who was careless with their sexuality that made it in the fulfillment of their destinies, but for David. The reason David made it was because it was a one-time mistake, for which he thoroughly repented. He was so quick to repent, and then went on to become the man after God’s heart.
But there are men like Reuben, Judah, Samson, Amnon, Absalom, just to name a few; who literally could not recover from the damages that sexual weakness did to their lives. I Pray for you today, that all the grace you need to break loose from any kind of weakness in your character that could undermine your destiny, be given to you in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. Read today’s word all over again, till you really understand it.
ii. Come up with a solid plan to deal with every kind of challenge in your character today.
iii. Apply for God’s grace that is so sufficient. Ask Him to give you a specific grace for any kind of weakness you may be experiencing.

Prayer
-Lord you know me more than I know myself; please help me.
-Lord please grant me the grace to break free from every destiny thief in my life in Jesus Name.
-I thank you in advance for my deliverance today in Jesus Name.

Nugget
If you cannot handle relationships with the opposite sex without it being defiled by sex, then you are not the kind of person God or man will trust.

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Daily Success! Fulfilling Your Fruitfulness Mandate – Ezekiel Atang

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FULFILLING YOUR FRUITFULNESS MANDATE

Genesis‬ 41:52‬ KJV‬‬
“And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Fruitfulness is a mandate for the Christian and not just a thing that we do. It is a command of God, it is an expectation of God and it is what God designed to make this world continue for as long as He desires. When He said “be fruitful”, He meant it, and desired that we fill the whole earth with mankind. But we may need to look at the animals who are really fruitful and find out how they do it.

i. No animal or plant will be fruitful without remaining in their natural, God given habitat. Outside the water the fish will never be fruitful, detached from the ground the plant will never be fruitful, living in the water, the bird will never be able produce. Man has his natural and God given habitat and that habitat is the presence of God.

ii. We saw in our theme scripture for the month that God caused Joseph to be fruitful. It was God that caused the fruitfulness, not his wife, not his doctors, neither the state of his body. Hence he named his child Ephraim (fruitful). But how did it happen?

iii. The presence of God was Joseph’s secret. We see that he didn’t go into Egypt alone, neither did he get into the prison house alone. He was a dweller in the presence of the Lord:

“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
“But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” Genesis‬ 39:2, 21‬ KJV‬‬

Need I say more? The presence of God in consistency is what results in all round fruitfulness. We can see it further in this scripture:

“Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” (Psalms‬ 92:13-15‬ KJV‬‬).

Hannah located God’s presence in prayer and then she became fruitful. )1Samuel 1:9-19).
Zechariah was in God’s presence when the Angel of God visited him and he became fruitful. (Luke 1:8-24).
Locate your natural habitat today and fulfill your fruitfulness mandate in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i) You will need to go over today’s message again and make more sense out of it.
ii) Schedule times for engaging God’s presence daily.
iii) Ask God for consistency in His presence.

Prayer
-Lord please teach me to dwell in your presence.
-Cause me to truly and really delight in your presence.
-Father activate my fruitfulness mandate as I dwell in your presence in Jesus Name.

Nugget
Fruitfulness is a command of God and an expectation of God for us.

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Daily Success! From Emptiness To Abundance – Ezekiel Atang

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FROM EMPTINESS TO ABUNDANCE

2 Kings‬ 4:1-7‬ KJV‬
“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.”

The all so very popular story of the dead prophet’s widow has so much for us to learn from every time. And it seems to me that we will keep learning from it until the end of time. It is a story of rediscovery and recovery. Rediscovery because they had a pot of oil in their lives and in their house that they knew almost nothing about. This prophet died of debt because he had not really discovered that oil.

The man ran into debt to the point where he mortgaged his sons for loans. And he not paying the loan, thereby exposed his children to becoming slaves as payment for the loan he couldn’t pay. It was at this point that his widowed wife cried out for help to the prophet Elisha. And Elisha was led by God to point her to this forgotten and despised oil in their house. It was this oil that worked the wonders of provision and escape from slavery. Now, here are a few lessons to learn about this story:

i. The oil represents a special anointing, grace, ability, endowment, grace or special gift in your life.
ii. This oil is not in your life for fun. It is meant to be put to work so you can live a good life. So, for as long as you keep the oil unused your life will not make sense.

iii. The deployment of that oil is meant for empty vessels. And today’s empty vessels are needy people, lost souls, broken and dry people. You are supposed to reach out to them and pour your oil into them. And the more you pour into them the more the oil flows.

iv. Failure to use your oil will plunge you into poverty and a miserable life.

v. Failure to use your oil will make you suffer losses, such as: Loss of life, loss of family or children, loss of ministry and anointing, which is the loss of the oil itself.
My advice is simple; deploy your oil, and do it now.

Action Points
-Go over the devotional again and take steps.
-Ask God to show you your oil, or to help you identify your oil.

Prayer
-Lord please show me my oil.
-Grant me the grace and wisdom to deploy my oil in Jesus Name.

Nugget
This oil is not in your life for fun. It is meant to be put to work so you can live a good life.

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Daily Success! Fruitfulness Is God’s Will For Your Life (2)

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FRUITFULNESS IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE II

Genesis‬ 1:28‬ KJV‬‬
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

God’s will is God’s counsel for your life, and the bible says that there may be many devices in the heart of men, but it is the counsel of the Lord that shall stand; Proverbs 19:21. The will of God is God’s original intention for you. The will of God is God’s purpose for your life. Most importantly, the will of God is all that God has planned and concluded about your life already.

We know that because it was God’s first statement soon after creating man. God could have said any other thing, but He blessed them declaring “be fruitful”. When next you look at your life and wonder why things don’t seem to be working, always remember that it is His will for you to be fruitful in every way. When God blessed man with fruitfulness, He did not limit it to the fruit of the womb or the fruit of your work or spirit only. It was an all round fruitfulness. He simply said “be fruitful”.

The next thing you want to know is that fruitfulness is in you already. It is a blessing that came with your creation, long before your birth. As you may know already, you were not born the day you were created. You were created long before you were conceived and born. That was why God said to Jeremiah “before I formed you, I knew you…” Jeremiah 1:5. He was talking about Jeremiah’s creation in Genesis 1:26-28. And just in case you didn’t know, your creation is superior to your formation.

Your spirit is superior to your body. It is your spirit that helps your body stand erect, it is your spirit that helps you conquer adversity, it is your spirit that helps you overcome infirmities, and God had said to your spirit way back to be fruitful.

The conclusion is that you are fruitful regardless of what you see right. Please know that it is God’s will for you to be fruitful, and you are actually fruitful according to God, regardless of what doctor’s or test results say.

Action Points
-Thank God for today’s message.
-Thank Him for your fruitfulness.
-Declare to yourself seven times a day that you are fruitful in every area.
-Search out more scriptures on fruitfulness and claim them.

Prayer
-Lord it is so good to know that I was fruitful long before I was born.
-I thank you for my fruitful status.
-I refuse to walk by sight, I will walk by faith and by all you have said in your word in Jesus Name.
-I am fruitful, I am very fruitful, I am super fruitful in Jesus Name.

Nugget
When next you look at your life and wonder why things don’t seem to be working, always remember that it is His will for you to be fruitful in every way.

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