Sunday, 22 November 2015

Uphold timeless principles of success


Uphold timeless principles of success

  • By Bayo Ogunmupe
YOU can have more, as long as you do not want it all for yourself. In a generation whose motto is ‘look out for number one’, we need to be reminded that Jesus the Christ didn’t please himself (Rom. 15:3). He didn’t live to enrich himself.
He enriched others. You won’t find a scintilla of selfishness in Him. He is worthy to be called ‘master’ because He first mastered himself by denying himself and living for others.
Two, you can get almost anything done, as long as you don’t care who gets the credit. Whatever you do, whether in word or indeed, do it all in the name of God. Pride brought satan down and it will bring you down too, unless you are humble. Humility is such a frail and delicate thing that he who dares to think that he has it, proves by that single thought that he has it not. When you succeed and the accolades start coming your way, enjoy them briefly. Then pass them on to the true source of all your accomplishment – God.
Three, you can hasten the answer as long as you do not despise the source. Naaman the leper discovered that you can have what Jehovah offers, but on God’s terms, not yours.
And God’s terms are faith and obedience. Faith is like electricity, you don’t have to analyse or understand it to enjoy its benefits. All you have to do is plug in. what has Jehovah told you to do? Obey Him. Stop vacillating, stop procrastinating, stop arguing with Him. Do what He tells you. You will love the results.
Your faith is a catalyst. “The message did not benefit them because it was not mixed with faith (Heb. 4:2). A catalyst facilitates change. It makes things happen. For example: Alka-setzer without water has no effervescence, flour without yeast produces no bread, seeds without sunshine means no flowers. Blue without yellow means no green, an egg without sperm means no baby, a spark without air produces no flame. Faith makes God’s word work in your life. Without faith nothing happens. Talking about the Israelites, Paul said, “When the goodnews of deliverance came to them, the message did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith.”
Without specific catalysts certain results can never be achieved. To make spiritual progress it is not enough to read the scriptures or listen to sermons. The activating ingredients to understanding is faith. After you hear God’s message, you must act on it. Maybe you are experiencing bitterness because of failed relationships. Put those emotions behind you. If you lacked the will to do that, let me encourage you, trust God’s word and act in faith. Jehovah’s promises will bloom in your life, once you activate your faith, Faith, isn’t intellectual assent, or paying lip service to what you read in the scriptures. It is action you need, confident that Jehovah will fulfill His promises. There is a difference between faith and truth. You may believe a chair will hold you but only when you sit down with your full weight will you trust the capacity of the chair to sustain you.
Some other principles of success to follow include, identifying your God-given strengths, then delegate the rest to those who have strengths in your areas of weakness. Every leader is responsible for areas in which they have little or no competence. And when they try to exercise authority in those areas, they hinder everything and everybody under their watch. Put bluntly, there are things you are responsible for that you will never be good at, that you need to keep your nose out of and give to others. Why do we have such a hard time doing this?
The first reason is pride. Success is intoxicating and intoxicated people don’t think too clearly. We assume our abilities are broader than they actually are. Admitting weakness doesn’t make you less effective. It just confirms what everybody around you already knows. Secondly, refusal to delegate is as a result of ignorance. We feel bad about delegating our weak areas because we assume everybody hates to do what we hate to do. But that isn’t true. You are allowing others to shine; your limitations are their opportunities. Finally, you hate to delegate out of your desire for independence. We think if the job is to be done right, we must do it ourselves. But leadership isn’t just getting things done. It is about getting things done through others. If you cannot find somebody to hand things to, look in the mirror. The people who follow you are exactly where you have led them. If you have nobody to delegate things to, guess who needs to change? It is you.
Our champion today is Bill Clinton, by name of William Jefferson Clinton, his original surname was Blythe. He was the 42nd president of the United States (1993-2001), Born in August 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, US; Clinton oversaw America’s longest peacetime economic expansion. In 1998, he became only the second U.S president to be impeached. Clinton’s father, William Jefferson Blythe died three months before his son was born. Clinton’s mother- Virginia Dell Blythe, now a widow, married Roger Clinton her son then took his stepfather’s name.
Clinton developed interest in politics at an early age.
It was solidified in July 1963 when he met and shook hands with President John Kennedy. He graduated from Georgetown University in International Relations in 1968. He was a Rhodes scholar in Oxford University United Kingdom in 1968-1969. He successfully evaded the draft to serve in the Vietnam

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