Thursday, 9 April 2015
How To Get What You Want
BY BAYO OGUNMUPE
THE surest way to get discouraged is to compare yourself with others. The scripture says don’t compare yourself because some people will look like they are doing better than you and you will get disheartened, while others won’t be as effective as you. The best is for you to concentrate on doing your best. That way you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and won’t need to compare yourself with anyone.
All the apples on a tree don’t ripen at the same time. Apostle Paul says: ‘Knowledge and understanding take time. When I began writing, I found myself fumbling. But I want to become a writer and get three books published in a year and get good reviews. It can take years and many challenges in any new area before we can confidently say to others: ‘‘I am what Jehovah called me to do.” Don’t wait until you are successful, start now by saying you are what you want to become. Yes, you have much to learn and you may not be an expert but you don’t have to be an expert to write. So push ahead, cut yourself some slack for you are a work-in-progress.
Thus, the way to defeat your detractor is to confront him. You are not unique, because your temptations are no different from what others experience. Goliath was not always a giant. He was fed and nurtured until he became one. Our detractors are usually little sins we overlook and indulge until they assume a life of their own and come back to haunt us. Even then, you cannot do it alone. Your detractor will defeat you anytime you tackle him by your own strength. David told Goliath: ‘‘This is Jehovah’s battle and He will give you to us,” 1 Samuel 17:47. This means, you need divine help to overcome old habits and establish new patterns of behavior.
Therefore, you must confront your detractor head-on. As Goliath moved to attack, David quickly ran to meet him. Which is why you don’t run away, don’t negotiate, don’t compromise; no excuses. Force your detractor out into the light and don’t let him get back into your life. Establish boundaries and make yourself accountable. Stay out of wrong company, above all, don’t look at your detractor in the light of the divine. Place all things according to their limits.
For you to gain what you want from life, you must have a cause greater than yourself. That was why David could stand up to a Goliath that everybody was running away from. Because Israelites were being threatened and everybody around was afraid to tackle the problem. David submitted himself into tackling the menace. When you are confronted with a situation that needs to be changed, you just must take up the gautlet. Having a cause greater than yourself forces you out of a trapped lifestyle. A survey among people who lived to be over 100 years was conducted. Now you might read about health diets, miracle drugs and strenuous exercise. But what these centenarians had in common was purpose. They had a compelling reason to get up in the morning. For you to get the best out of life, you must have a cause greater than yourself. You must have a cause great enough to focus your energies and strong enough to keep you going when the odds are stacked against you.
Jehovah created you for a mission. At 12, Jesus said I must be about my father’s business. Twenty-one years later, dying at the stake, he announced: ‘‘it is finished. Those statements framed a totally fulfilled life. Until you fulfilled your purpose on earth, you are not ready for a transition into a higher dimension of existence. Asked how long it would take to bring a ship to a stop, a captain replied: ‘‘A good captain thinks at least a mile ahead.” Your success in any venture is determined by how important it is to you and your ability to prepare for it. ‘‘Any enterprise built by wise planning becomes strong through common sense and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” Alexander Hamilton, a founding father and America’s first secretary of the Treasury said: ‘‘Men give me credit for genius, but all the genius I have lies in this: when I have a subject at hand, I study it profoundly,” so if you want to get what you want, prepare adequately.
Our champion this week is Niccolo Machiavelli, the Italian writer and statesman, an original political theorist whose principal work, The Prince, brought him fame. Born and died in Florence between May 1469 and June 1527, this Florentine patriot hailed from a wealthy family in the city, on occasion holding the most important offices in Florence. Machiavelli’s father was a doctor of laws but among the poorest of the city’s lawyers. However he lived frugally, administering his landed estates near Florence. Niccolo became a historian, humanist and philosopher during the Renaissance. He was for many years an official in the Florentine Republic. He was a founder of the political ethics genre of modern political science. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs and poetry. He was secretary to the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512.
Machiavelli retired to his estate in Percussina and devoted himself to study and the writing of treatises that earned him a place in the intellectual development of political ethics and philosophy. Machiavelli died in 1527 at the age of 58. He was buried at the Church of Santa Croce in Florence. An epitaph honoring him is inscribed on his monument. It read: so great a name. it has neither adequate praise nor eulogy to such a name. Machiavelli’s book, The Prince is thought to be based on the life of Cesare Borgia, whom he served as an adviser. The Prince is a manual to acquiring and keeping power. He introduced a break between political realism and political idealism. In contrast with Plato and Aristotle, Machiavelli insisted that an imaginary ideal society is not a model by which a politician should orient himself. Machiavelli’s thought has had a profound impact on the politics of the modern world and it is reflected in the hate campaigns and thuggery in Nigeria’s 2015 elections.
On The Path Of Winners
BY BAYO OGUNMUPE
How To Walk In Lifelong Prosperity
APOSTLE Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-11: ‘‘But this I say: He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully. Everyman according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” That encampsulate the promise of God for a lifelong prosperity for man.
Thus, God is able to make all grace, every favour and earthly blessing, come to you in abundance, so that you may always be self sufficiently – possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every work and charitable donation. The lesson from this Bible interpretation is that God has shown the way man can prosper throughout life. Observing and learning the rules is what is lacking among the poor people of this world. It means if you give generously, God will cause every blessing to come to you. Jehovah wants you to be able to give to others.
The very first rule about believing God is faith by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Acting on God’s word brings instant results. Just act on His word as quickly as you would on the words on your doctor or lawyer. Your prayer will be answered regardless of your circumstances and regardless of what your physical senses tell you. Acting on God’s word brings forth faith and faith comes into action, causing the laws of the world to function and bring results. In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught us how the word bears fruit.
We have discussed the importance of keeping strife out of your life. Let us see how this enters into your efforts to gain financial freedom. Jesus taught his these things in Luke Chapter six. He said: Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you. Give to every man that asketh of thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And you would others should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Jesus taught us disciples how to stay out of trouble. That was not a Christian doctrine. It was designed to keep you connected with the power of God, so you can live an overcoming life. Love stops the work and effect of strife by building a protective shield around you. The shield of faith keeps satan from having access to what you do, what you think and what you are, see First John Chapters four and five.
What does walking in prosperity mean to you? Does it mean driving the fastest car, owning the biggest house, wearing the latest clothes and having the most prestigious job? God’s concept of prosperity is very different. Jesus said: ‘‘Guard against greed. Life is not measured by how much you own,” Luke 12:15. Indeed, there are two ways to get enough of your wants. One is to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less and less. People today are obsessed by possessions as no other generation. The more complex life becomes, the more convinced we are that we need more to be happy. Having obtained what we think we need, we soon become unhappy because a model with more bells and whistles come out, it takes far less than we think to discover happiness if it comes from within and we break the stranglehold things have on our lives. Which is why Jesus told the rich young ruler who wrestled with that questions: ‘‘Sell your possessions, give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me,” Mat. 19: 21. Does that mean God is opposed to being rich. No. he is just against anything taking His place in your life. He knows your heart will be where your treasure is.
Indeed, God holds back no good from those who do what is right. But it is important to acknowledge Him as the source of all your blessings. And on that we all fall short. Moreover, more isn’t always better. In fact, your dependence on God lessens as your dependence on money increases. That is why Levitical law discouraged empire building. In the Torah, loans to the poor were to be interest free, outstanding debts cancelled every seven years; slaves freed and given the means to start over and property that was sold or lost and not redeemed, returned to its original owner, Leviticus 25: 14-17. This is because God wanted His people to depend on Him, not possessions. So, He cautioned them: ‘‘When all you have is multiplied, you may say, my power and strength have produced this. Remember the Lord gives you the ability to produce wealth,” Deut 8: 13-18. God’s principles haven’t changed. The Bible didn’t say that God is a rewarder of those diligently seeking things. No, it says, ‘‘He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, Heb. 11: 6. Thus, don’t ever depend on others,” your heavenly Father already knows and will give you everything you need,” Mat 6:31.
Our champion this week is Sir Isaac Newton, the English physicist and mathematician who invented the calculus, laid the foundations of optics and formulated three laws of motion that became basic principles of modern physics and led to his theory of universal gravitation. He is regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time.
Born on Christmas day 1642 in England and died on March 20, 1727 in London. After a bachelor’s degree at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1665, the Cambridge University was closed for two years because of plague. He returned in 1667 as fellow to Trinity College where he became Lucasian professor of Mathematics in 1669. Newton discovered the nature of white light in 1666 and invented the calculus in 1669 but did not formally publish his ideas until 35 years later. He built the first reflecting telescope in 1668. Newton’s most famous publication, the Principia Mathematica, 1687: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy contains his work on the laws of motion, the theory of tides and the theory of gravitation. His laws of motion laid the foundation for classical mechanics and the theory of gravitation. The principia has been called the most important works of science ever written. Newton served as the warden of the Royal Mint from 1696 and became president of the Royal Society in 1703 holding this office until his death. In 1705, he became the first British scientist to receive a knighthood for his works.