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BE A VISIONARY  …….……..

From the beginning of salvation of humanity, God Almighty had a global vision. He had only Jesus but saw the entire globe from the beginning. John 3:16a – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… God had the entire world in mind when He gave Jesus for the remission of sin. You can start small but you must have a vision of the globe from the beginning. You are permitted to start locally but you must have a vision that is global. Eph. 5:1 – Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; {ASV} If God had the globe in mind from the beginning, it is expected that you don’t see small picture in anything you are doing in life. God started small but did not think small. There is nothing wrong with starting small but it becomes an anathema when you remain small.

The world is ruled by visionaries. Vision in this context is to see ahead. It is the act of seeing things that are invisible. It means having a global picture of your defined goals, dreams and objectives from the onset. Joel 2:7-8 – They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march everyone on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk everyone in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. You don’t use another man’s leg to run your race and nobody is a threat to your carrier. There are too many stars in the sky; yet, no one is overshadowing the other.

Have you not heard that you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and an holy nation. Here, God did not call you a person but a nation. If you die a local person, you are a disappointment to the body of Christ. When God was talking to Rebeca and the twins in her womb {i.e Esau and Jacob}, He referred to them as nations in Gen. 25:23. Therefore, you are a nation and God brought you from darkness so that you can be a marvel to your world. A baby Elephant does not need to pray to be big because it has all the attributes that will make it big. Therefore, If God is your father, then behave like God; where you are is too small. Luke 17:21 -Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

As a child of God, everything in God is inside you; if you are a failure, then you are a disappointment to God. The kingdom of God is inside you. You have so much inside you waiting to be revealed. Some believers might look poor on the outside but if you can see what is on the inside, you will be amazed. All you need to do is to discover what is on your inside. Whatever is inside you will be revealed as you read this blog in the name of Jesus!

Visionaries are pace-setters; they pave the way for others to follow. You are the light of the world; a city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Without a picture of your future, you will not have a glorious future. It is the discovery of what is on your inside and the pursuit of it that guarantees a glorious future. Rom.8:29-30 -For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

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WISDOM FOR FAMILY PROGRESS …….……..

Wisdom is knowing what to do in life situations and doing it; it is what impacts life. Wisdom is not for heaven but for now on the earth. Marriage on the other hand is the combination of a man and a woman in holy wedlock to form a God-centered home while family involves two or more people who share common goals and values, resides under one roof and are committed to each other for a lifetime. Marriage begins with leaving and continues with cleaving. To cleave means to blend together. Crisis in the home are mostly due to lack of wisdom. What made one family without wisdom to separate brought another family together the more because of wisdom.

Matt. 7:24-27 – Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. The same thing that happened to the foolish man in the above scripture also happened to the wise man but the foolish man lacked wisdom on how to come out of the challenge.

Progress in the family begins with a desire. God will only release to you what you desire {Prov. 18:1, 10:24b}. You cannot experience what you don’t desire. You must also comply with the demands of scriptures. To comply with the scripture as a husband, you are placed with the responsibility to love and care for your wife without reservation, providing for your household and taking your responsibility and the spiritual head of the home. To comply with the scriptural demands as a wife, you must submit to your husband, be a good home keeper and care for the members of your family.

You and your spouse must be committed to see that your family becomes a huge success in every aspect of life. You must be willing to give your time, energy, resources, etc to make your family a success. When you are committed, satisfying the desire of your spouse becomes your priority. Mal.2:16 – “I hate divorce,” says the Lord God of Israel. “I hate it when one of you does such a cruel thing to his wife. Make sure that you do not break your promise to be faithful to your wife.” {GNT}

Don’t take permanent decision because of a temporary challenge in your marriage. Don’t enter the marriage institution with alternatives in mind. Build your mental capacity to have a solid foundation in marriage and make yourself fit. Truthfulness between husband and wife is an indispensable part of a successful marriage. Build trust with your spouse. {Prov.12:19-22}. Stop lying to your spouse; it will affect the foundation of trust in your family. Avoid fake-lifestyle. Don’t talk of what you don’t have and cannot do as a spouse. Match your words with corresponding actions. Never promise your family what you are not ready to fulfil; it destroys trust.

Another wisdom tip for family progress is that you must be communicate with your spouse. Effective communication is one of the demands for building a successful family. Communication is the ability to ensure that people understand; not only what you say but also what you mean. It is also the ability to listen to and understand others. Guide yourself not to communicate wrongly. Col.4:6 – Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. When you don’t communicate properly, assumption is inevitable. Don’t assume your spouse should know; communicate properly because most problems in families is traceable to lack of good communication.

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MANAGING FAMILY FINANCE …….……..

Accumulation of information without utilizing it will end in deformation; stop accumulating information that you are not putting into use. Ensure that you utilize whatever information you acquire to build yourself up. Matt.7:24 -Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Hence, there is no wisdom in reading this blog and not implementing what you have read to better your life. Lack of financial wisdom is the major source of family conflict. Many families have been stressed, frustrated, pressured and even traumatized because of financial problems like school fees, house rent and day-to-day family bills.

Money problem cannot be solved through prayer and fasting; it can only be solved through the wisdom of God. Luke 4:18 -The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, You need financial knowledge to grow a steady and stable family. 1Cor. 6:12 – All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Prayer is no substitute for planning. Plan your expenditure. Do not allow things to weigh you down; go for only what you can afford per time. Life is in phases; men are in sizes. A time will come when those things will mean nothing to you; don’t live your life as if you want to die quick; why over-stress your life?

Don’t try to compare yourself with anybody. Some families have travelled abroad for summer with money that is enough to build a house of their own. How can you be using four cars while living in a rented house? Your car is even more expensive than your landlord’s; that is why he increases the rent every year. The car you parked in his house is enough for him to increase your house rent. Live your size and avoid impulse buying. Plan your budget.

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HANDLING YOUR DOMESTIC STAFF WITH WISDOM …….……..

At a certain point in your marriage, it may be necessary to obtain a helping hand to enable you and your spouse to concentrate in other important things like circular work. Nevertheless, you must know how to relate with them so that you can live in peace and not run into trouble as a family.

  • You must be nice and very hospitable to them. Treat them the way you will treat those connected to you by blood. Let it be difficult for people to differentiate between your own children and your helps or domestic staff. Deal with them nicely because your deliverance may come from them…..2 Kings 5:2-4 – And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

Do you know Bill Clinton became a president through his Ghanaian housemaid’s prophecy? She told Bill Clinton that she saw him become the president of America. That was why the first African country he visited after he became a president was Ghana.

  • Don’t oppress your house helps because they may avenge particularly on your children when left in their hands. A house help you think you are punishing by making her not to bathe will still use that dirty body to nurse your children; and at the end, the children will smell like her.

Ex. 22:21-24 -Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. 22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

  • Endeavour to train and retrain your domestic helps or staff if you want them to be profitable to you and give you less stress. It was 318 trained servants of Abraham that went with him to rescue his nephew Lot when he was taken captive. Give them formal education where necessary; don’t just send then to learn trade and craft without formal education except they specifically requested for it.

Gen. 14:14 -And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

  • You must know the parental and family background of your domestic staff and helps in case of criminal activities. In some cases, ensure that someone stands as a credible guarantor.

Philemon 1:16-19 -Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? 17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. 18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; 19 I Paul have…………..READ MORE

BECOMING A PERSON OF IMPACT …….……..

You are born a star; you are born to shine but until a star begins to shine, it is not a star indeed. You are born to be on top and not beneath. It takes something for you to shine for impact. Gen.15:5 – And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. Rom.8:30 -Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

You are not a biological accident. You are not born by chance; you are God’s special creature. Before the foundation of the world, God knew your name and marked you out for stardom. Num.24:17 – I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. The scripture above described Jesus as a star and in Rev. 22:16, He was referred to as the bright and morning star. If Jesus came as the bright and morning star and He sent us as the Father sent Him according to John 20:21, then, you are not supposed to be anything less than a star. That means you are meant to shine early; you are to shine early in life.

Stardom which is for impact is your heritage in God. If you don’t shine, it will make the prophesies of God look like a lie but you know that God cannot lie. You are supposed to be pace-setters, path-finders, trail-blazers; one who others should look up to and follow. Since no star outshines the other in the sky, it means that no matter your position in the kingdom of God, every child of God is supposed to shine. What it takes to shine has been placed on your inside already. Impact is an adventure; not a destination. We are still feeling the impact of Jesus even after He left over 2000 years ago. Therefore, your impact is meant to be generational. To be a person of impact, you must have covenant mentality.

Prov. 23:7a -For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Your mind is your greatest asset in the realization of your destiny. Man is three-dimensional. He is a spirit with a soul and dwells in a body. You became born again in the Spirit but to succeed here on earth, it has to be from your mind. Many believers are so heavenly conscious that they have become earthly useless. You must be heavenly conscious and still be earthly useful; if not, you will go to heaven like Lazarus. Abraham still went to heaven though he was earthly impactful while Lazarus went to heaven but was not useful on earth. Whatever your mind cannot grasp; though it is yours by heritage, your hands will never handle it.

Prov. 4:23 – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. The mind is the workshop of a man’s destiny. What becomes of your life is a product of what goes on inside your mind. You can never be greater than what you think. Where you are right now is where your mind has carried you to. You are a child of destiny; therefore, you will never suffer like a destitute in Jesus name!

You need a mind to be able to access the things that have been delivered to you in the spirit. God has given to you all that pertains to life and godliness but your mind has to grasp them to bring them to reality. Fasting and prayer cast out the devil but your mind has to bring your redemptive benefits to reality.

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David Ibiyeomie

Barely 20years in ministry,David Ibiyeomie has become a phenomenon to the world. On the 13th of February 2011, the church started 14 satellite churches in one day, with all running five services each; a new record in the history of church growth. Today, David Ibiyeomie pastors millions of worshippers spread across the globe with over 180 satellite churches within and outside the country and over 300 pastors assisting him.

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