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DREAM: IT’S YOUR BIRTHRIGHT! (pt.2)

This is the second half to the ‘Dream! It’s your birthright’ series.

 1. LIVE DIFFERENTLY:  because you have a vision, you know where you’re headed. Embrace and love every situation you’re in because it is God’s will.

Don’t drag your feet through life. Make a decision to enjoy life to the fullest, your current situation is only temporary.

2. SPEAK DIFFERENTLY:  Proverbs 18:21 says, “the tongue has the power of life and death”. With the words that come out of our mouths we can “build up” or “tear down”.

Words are very powerful.

In the creation of the universe God spoke certain words (Genesis 1) and they came to pass. He said, “let there be light” and there was light, His words were used to do good – to create the universe, as we know it. The Bible condemns negative talk (Ephesians 4:29); therefore we should use our words to ‘build up’ – to encourage, to complement and to inspire people.

3. GIVE DIFFERENTLY: Give freely! The Bible encourages us to Give! Give! Give! without expecting anything in return (Luke 6:35).

In a world that is filled with selfishness and skeptics, a gratuitous gift is a blessing to the receiver. It goes against the grain of societal culture.

Besides, what do you have to lose? Have you ever heard of a person that has become poor because they give too much?

4. THINK DIFFERENTLY: Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart so is he”. Think positively and be hopeful. Be in regular contact with God; fill your mind with His Word and keep a close relationship with Him so you begin to think like Him.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”(Philippians 4:8)

 

 Dreamer’s Daily Confession:

 I am more than a conqueror, I am the head and not the tail, and I am first and not last. I am the city upon a hill that cannot be hidden and I am destined for greatness. I am Father, Lord and Ruler over [insert your desires/aspirations, etc. here]. My light will shine forth and so brightly that others will see your good works and glorify your name. I am your child and I am destined for a purpose and I will fulfill that purpose with your strength.

 

Thanks for reading and I wish you all a blessed week! 🙂

– OreO 

‘If God is not in support of it, don’t force it’

Ever since I can recollect it was a ritual to go to church on Sundays. Whether I actually went to church to sleep or to heed the word of God was a different thing entirely. Like most Nigerians I always called myself a Christian but never implemented the ways of Christianity.

It was not until I turned 13 before I began to fully recognise God’s presence .  As my teenage years progressed, I encountered numerous life lessons. From world tragedies to miraculous events, and with each occurrence I began to realise more strongly that nothing positive in this life could be done without the assistance of God.

However, I did not realise how significant my realisation was. I continued to live life and like everyone I would experience euphoric days and sombre days. Nonetheless, it had not occurred to myself that in order to ensure I lived a happy life, I had to consult God in every decision I make every day of my life. Upon realisation , I began to implement this approach and I noticed a radical change in my life. Life was just easier; I judged myself less , avoided  less issues and in general favour was always on my side.

Today, I can say that my faith in God is much stronger and there is nothing too minuscule or too grand for him to do; if it is in accordance with the purpose he has laid out for you.  However, I am still learning and sometimes I want things to go my way but my way is not necessarily the best way.

All in all the best advice I can give is that no matter what you are going through in life if God is not in support of it, do not force it because when all is said and done God’s path is always the most favourable path.

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5)

– Denike

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Dream: It’s your birthright! (pt.1)

 

“And afterward,  I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, 
your old men will dream dreams, 
your young men will see visions.” [ Joel 2:28 (NIV)]

 Everyone dreams!

Have you not noticed, every revolutionary change begins with one man’s dream?

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream,

Steve Jobs had a dream,

Malala Yousafzai had a dream,

Aliko Dangote had a dream,

Nelson Mandela had a dream,

Coco Chanel had a dream,

Mark Zuckeberg had a dream,

And the list goes on!

All these people dreamt and accomplished great things that set them aside from the rest of the world.

As God’s children, it is important that we birth the dream that has been impregnated in our hearts by our Father through the Holy Spirit. Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”. Believe it or not this is our sole purpose on this earth. This is our Fathers dream! – To spread Christianity to every nook and cranny of the earth to prepare the way for his second coming.

Many people assume evangelism is only for ministers, missionaries and crusaders, which does not concern them whereas, this is not so! My belief is that God wants us to evangelise in whatever and wherever we’ve been placed. The scripture says “all the world”. As followers of Christ, we can evangelise through and in everything:

  • The FRIENDSHIP world: by setting an example amongst your friends (believers and non-believers) and in relationships. Show them love regardless of their religious beliefs. Do not judge. We are not the standard. We all need grace!
  • The COMMUNITY world:  Be a blessing in your workplace, school, and neighbourhood, church and wherever you find yourself.
  • The GOVERNMENT world: The government affects the whole culture of the nation therefore we need politicians, lawmakers and government officials that lead the country in the way of the Lord.
  • The ENTERTAINMENT world: the entertainment industry is one of the fastest growing and the most influential industries today.  It is a very powerful tool, which affects the culture of our society. Therefore we need artists, sportsmen/women, actors/actresses, producers, directors, designers and so on.
  • The EDUCATION world: Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ”. Through education you inspire a generation negatively or positively. Education administrators, teachers and counselors are all needed to be a part of this dream!

 As Children of God, as dreamers, as trailblazers and as world changers we need to step out of the Church! Christianity is no good when it’s locked up within the four walls of the Church, we need to go out there and make an impact in our environment affecting every ‘world’ we find ourselves in. We need to infiltrate our society with Jesus’ culture.


BE THAT LIGHT THAT LEADS THE WAY

BE THAT LIGHT THAT ILLUMINATES

BE THE LIGHT THAT GIVES LIFE

LIGHT UP AND CONSUME DARKNESS!

***** This write up was inspired by a sermon I heard last Sunday (01/03) at Hope City Church, Sheffield by Dave Gilpin. The original message could be heard by downloading the TuneIn radio app.  I recommend that everyone listens to this!

Thanks for reading this and I hope this inspires at least one person.

Leave your opinions and thoughts in the comment box below :).

                                        — OreO