Ignore Them Haters

A group of frogs were traveling through the forest when two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.

However, the two frogs ignored their comrades and proceeded to try to jump out of the pit. However, despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up as they’d never make it out.

Eventually, one of the frogs took heed of what the others were saying and he gave up, jumping even deeper to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the group of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and to just die.

He ignored them, and jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, ‘Did you not hear us?’

The frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that he thought they were encouraging him the entire time.”

Lesson:

Whenever you in an environment filled with negative people, shut your ears and mind. Ignoring them is better than responding.

Lessons From The World Most Prominent Men And Women

1. Dr. Ben Carson said,
“I struggled academically throughout elementary school yet became the best Neurosurgeon in the World in 1987″

*LESSON* : Struggling is a sign that you are on a verge of success. Don’t quit yet.

2. Oprah Winfrey said, ” I was raped at the age of 9 yet I am one of the most influential women in the World”

*LESSON* : Don’t let your past decide your future.

3. Bill Gate said, “I didn’t even complete my university education but became the World’s richest man”

*LESSON* :
School does not make you rich. School is only suppose to Polish what will make you rich, not make you Rich.

4. Joyce Meyer said & I quote, “I was sexually, mentally, emotionally and verbally abused by my father as far back as I can remember, until I left home at the age of eighteen, yet I am one of the most influential preachers in the World”

*LESSON* :
Let your past push you, not define or limit you

5. Christian Ronaldo said, “I told my father that we would be very rich but he couldn’t believe me. I made it a reality”

*LESSON* :
Your words rule your life. If you mean what you have said, each word will come to pass. You get what you say.

6. Hear Lionel Messi!, “I used to serve tea at a shop to support my football training and still became one of the World’s best footballers”

*LESSON* :
Believe in your dream. Don’t let your pain tell you how your future will look like.

7. Steve Jobs penned, “I used to sleep on the floor in my friends’ rooms, returning Coke bottles for food, money, and getting weekly free meals at a local temple, I later on founded Apple Company”

*LESSON* :
That you are small today doesn’t mean you will be small tomorrow. Keep trusting God.

8. Former British PM, Tony Blair said & I quote, “My teachers used to call me a failure, but I became a Prime Minister”

*LESSON* :
Don’t let someone’s else’s opinions of you become your reality

9. Bishop David Oyedepo said, “I started Living Faith Church from A Lawn Tennis Court with three members only & Preach prosperity. Many of my friends criticised me, but today we have the largest church auditorium in the World & two world-class universities”

*LESSON* :
Believe in yourself even if no one does & never think of quitting.

10. Nelson Mandela said, “I was in prison for 27 years & still became president.”

*LESSON* :
You can be anything you want to be no matter where you have been or what you have been through

11. Mike Adenuga! “I drove a taxi to finance my university education but today I’m a billionaire”

*LESSON* :
Don’t let your past decide the kind of future you need to have

12. Harland Sanders, Founder of KFC said, “I was on the verge of suicide when an Idea of opening a restaurant hit me after I retired as a cook in the Navy.”

*LESSON* :
Nothing is ever too late. “Too late” is a language of failures. Your future can begin at any age. Don’t ever let AGE make limit you.

13. Aliko Dangote said, “I worked for my uncle since I was a small boy, people looked down on me. I later on took a loan from my uncle to open a tiny shop. I worked hard to make ends meet. Now I am the Word’s Richest Man in Africa.

*LESSON* :
Failures or limitations of the past have no control over the greatness in you. To him that believes, all things are possible.

14. Barack Hussein Obama said, I am a son of a black immigrant from Kenya, I graduated from Harvard and later on became a Senator in Chicago. I was also the President of the Most Powerful Nation on Earth.

*LESSON* :
Never design your life like a Garden where anyone can walk in and out. Design it like the Sky where everyone aspires to reach!

15. Arnold Swarzzenegger said, I traveled to America in search of financial independency when I was 15yrs old. I became the World’s Strongest Man 7 times and Mr Universe. I then got my Economics degree, then I became one of Hollywood’s best actors before I was voted twice as governor of California”

*LESSON* :
* Don’t wait for everybody to believe in your ability and dreams.

PURSUE YOUR DREAMS, NOT YOUR ENEMIES!

What To Do If You Tired Of Toughing It Out

Have you ever noticed how so many different thoughts run through our minds every day? Some are good, some bad. Unfortunately, our natural temptation is to focus on the bad; so accepting them doesn’t take any effort. The effort comes when we’re determined to cast down the negative thoughts, and take a firm grasp of the positive ones.

The Battle for Your Thoughts

Positive minds full of faith and hope produce positive lives. The opposite is also true: negative minds full of fear and doubt produce negative lives, which can ultimately destroy your life. Some people have been hurt so many times that they don’t think they can face the pain of another letdown. Therefore, they refuse to hope so they won’t be disappointed.

Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we’re not going to quit.

When we’re bombarded with doubts and fears, we must take a stand and say: “I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it!”

Reprogram Your Mind

When the battle seems endless and you think you’ll never make it, remember that you’re reprogramming a “worldly” mind to think as God thinks. In the same way that computers are programmed, our minds are also programmed.

From the time we’re born, our minds are like computers that have had a lifetime of garbage programmed into them. But God—the best “computer programmer” around—is working on us every day to reprogram our minds as we cooperate with Him (see Romans 12:2).

When Progress is Slow

This process of reprogramming or renewing our minds will take place little by little, so don’t be discouraged if progress seems slow. Don’t get down when you have setbacks or bad days. Just get back up, dust yourself off and start again.

When a baby is learning to walk, he falls many, many times before he develops the ability to walk without falling; however, the baby is persistent. He may cry for a while after he falls down, but he always gets right back up and tries again.

Learning to change our thinking works the same way. There will be days when we don’t do everything right—days when our thinking is negative. But never stop trying. God is gradually bringing us around to His way of thinking. Just don’t give up!

When God Leads You to an Obstacle, What Should You Do?

Transformation isn’t neat and pretty. Nope. It can look messy and it not without obstacles. It’s like putting a piece of furniture together. At first it’s neatly in a box, but it can’t be used that way. So you have to take out all the pieces, which makes a mess, and begin the process. You have to do it in a specific order or it won’t work. Finally, when you’re done, the mess will be gone and you’ll have a product that’s ready to be used for it’s purpose.

It’s no different with us. We are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. It’s during these times that our lives and situations look the messiest. We know that God is working behind the scenes and putting all the pieces together, but we have no idea what step He’s on or how much longer it will take. We only see the mess, the unfinished product. Weeks, months, and even years go by and we wonder if the promise will still come to pass or if we should just give up?

The answer is simple. We don’t give up or lose hope. We abide in Jesus and in the promise, trusting that He is faithful to fulfill EVERY promise he has made to us. I know it’s difficult. You may lose relationships, you will be persecuted and mocked, you will look foolish at times to other people, and what God instructs you do will not always make sense in the natural. However, at some point we have to resolve to follow Him no matter the cost, and trust Him with our whole heart. That’s the reason for the tests and trials; to develop your character so you can produce the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Last night before bed, my wife certainly started crying when we about to pray. I asked what was wrong with her, she said nothing. I persisted until she gave in and told me she was crying to God for better opportunities in our lives. Later she said she also told God that other people don’t have two heads, making it and living large. I stopped her there to give a more clearer view on things. Never look at another person’s success or compare your life to another. She has been asking God for a breakthrough but still expectant. I had to advise her to keep praying and believing. We should be grateful for what we have now, be contented as God elevates us. I was glad to calm her down before going to bed.

Am so deep and sunk myself in Jesus that my life is filled with hope.

Consider It Pure Joy, My Brothers And Sisters, Whenever You Face Trials Of Many Kinds, Because You Know That The Testing Of Your Faith Produces Perseverance. Let Perseverance Finish Its Work So That You May Be Mature And Complete, Not Lacking Anything. – James 1:2-4

Let’s look at the story of the Israelites as an example, when they we’re fleeing Eqypt after 400 years of slavery.

God not only promised the Israelites freedom from the Egyptians, but also a land of their own. They would no longer be subjects to a King, but a free people governed by God. However, there would be obstacles between there current situation and the promise. The first one was the Red Sea. In order to get to the promised land they first had to cross the Red Sea. Oh, and did I mention that Egypt’s army was pursuing them as well? So turning back was not an option.

Now God could have led them a different way to the same destination. He didn’t have to take them through the Sea. So why did He? To show His glory, build their faith, and protect them.

He parted the sea and Israel crossed on dry land. Right after, He closed the waters and allowed the Egyptians to drown so they would no longer be a threat. This route led the Isrealites directly into the wilderness. It’s there that they were able to see God’s power one-on-one, and it’s also where God tested them. They were out of Egypt, but Egypt was not out of them. God needed to free them from old habits and ways of thinking before He could entrust them with more.

“I Am The Vine; You Are The Branches. If You Remain In Me And I In You, You Will Bear Much Fruit; Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing.” – John 14:5

We may never know the entire reason God does something a particular way, but we can trust that His plan is perfect. It’s for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). The Israelites could have given up, or attempted to take matters into their own hands and go another way, but they didn’t. They trusted God and witnessed Him make a way where there was no way.

It’s easy to get disillusioned by the situation you’re stuck in, the battle you’re facing, or the trial that won’t seem to end – and begin to doubt God’s provision. I want to assure you that He’s still at work. You’re just in the middle right now and it’s hard to see the forest from the trees. However, God has a bird’s-eye view. He knows everything that lies ahead of you and is going before you to prepare the way. This isn’t the the time to make decisions based on your circumstances or limited wisdom, it’s crucial to be obedient.

Your transformation won’t come without obstacles and opposition because challenge gives birth to growth.

How can you reach new levels of faith in God if you’re not challenged to believe bigger, prayer bolder, and walk by faith and not by sight? If you abide in Jesus and don’t give up, you WILL see the victory. Like the Israelite’s, you will see God do what only He can do. Nothing is impossible for Him (Matthew 19:26).

Being Confident Of This, That He Who Began A Good Work In You Will Carry It On To Completion Until The Day Of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6

This won’t be possible without the assistance of Tiffani Butt.

The Best Is Yet To Come

It’s another Friday and the weekend is here. This piece is for the road. Hope you like it!

I closed my eyes in what seemed like a dream, and opened them in another land. I saw trees that were perfect, the bluest sky, and many things I could not understand.

I heard sounds that appeared as great choirs, all singing with a melody of praise. I saw people arrayed in the brightest apparel that blinded of heavenly rays.

There were creatures I saw that were so different, yet all were so beautiful and kind. I searched my thoughts to see if I had seen such a sight, yet nothing like these came to my mind.

Their appearance was very awesome, and yet somehow you still had no fear. They just stared as though they were beckoning you to follow, with a love that just drew you near.

The grass was so green, with not a blade out of place, and the streets seemed like streams made of gold. Everything looked, as though it had just been created, for nothing was battered or old.

I saw no sun casting shadows about, yet the brilliance was of a shining array. I saw no darkness just magnificent colors, as if waking to a perfect day.

The families I passed all turned, waved, and smiled, with a joy that just seemed so complete. As I turned around I saw a massive throne, with others kneeling down at God’s feet.

Crowns were now being laid down before Him, the rewards of the faithful and true. One of them called me to come forward, yet I had no crown, so what could I do?

I lowered my face, looking down to the street; I had shame, guilt, and despair. Then I felt a hand take hold of mine, and He promised to walk with me there.

Tears began to fall from my eyes, yet He reached out and wiped them away. He introduced me as faithful and true; I was quiet with nothing to say.

My knees gave way, and I fell down in worship, as a crown was then placed in my hand. The shame and guilt then disappeared, and I began to, now understand.

I turned my face up to the throne; I saw Jesus He was smiling so sweet. I took that crown that He had given to me and I laid it at my Savior’s feet.

Then I stood to my feet as others had done, and then received His very best.

When I heard Jesus, say “well-done good and faithful servant, now enter my Father’s rest.”

Don’t Give Up

Inspiration and motivation

No matter how bad the condition of your life and your mind,  don’t give up!  Regain the  territory the devil has stolen from you. If necessary, regain it one inch at a time, always leaning on God’s grace and not on your own ability to get the desired results. 

Galatians 6:9 teaches us that apostle Paul encourages us to keep on keeping on!  Don’t be a quitter!  Don’t have the old give up spirit. God is looking for people who will go all the way through with him. 

Whatever you may be facing or experiencing right now in your life,  I am encouraging you to go through it and not give up.  It’s very easy to quit,  it takes faith to go through. Take a stand and say, I will never give up!  God is on my side, He loves me, and He is helping me. 

You are not alone my brothers and sisters,  set your mind that you will never quit until victory is complete and you have taken possession of your rightful inheritance.