Sunday, February 28, 2016

4 Financial Lessons From Solomon


The Bible says that Solomon was the richest man who ever lived and also the wisest ever to live (1 Kings 4:31).
According to Constative, his Net Worth was over $2 TRILLION.  I think that makes him qualified to give some financial advice.
I know there is some debate over whether or not Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, so just in case he didn’t we can use the alternate title of: ‘Financial Lessons from someone wise.‘ 😉

1. Money Does Not Satisfy

  • He who loves money with not be satisfied with money… –Ecclesiastes 5:10
Loving money is a dangerous thing. Some people spend their entire life chasing more and more money thinking that it will bring them satisfaction, only to never actually attain the satisfaction they were searching for.
True satisfaction only comes from God. It doesn’t come from getting married, a bigger house, a Mil in the bank, or being retired. What is interesting is that when we take our focus off of getting more money and more things, then they seem to start appearing. I guess this is what was meant by the verse in Matthew:
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

2. Diversify Your Investments

  • Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. –Ecclesiastes 11:2
I get two things out of this verse. First, that Solomon lays out the groundwork for diversification. I like the balance of having 7-8 “eggs in the basket,” rather than just one that would leave us with nothing if it turned out bad. But also, not 200 minuscule eggs that are worth next to nothing individually.
In this case, if any one investment performed very well, it would make very little impact on the portfolio as a whole.  On the other hand, if you had seven investments and any one of them performed well, it would have a decent impact on the portfolio as a whole.

3. There Is Never A Perfect Time

  • He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. –Ecclesiastes 11:4
I think the reason that some of us wait for the perfect time to do something is because we are trying to wait until there is no risk. It is human nature – we want to eliminate any and all risk of bad things happening.
No matter how much we try, we can NEVER eliminate all risk. Any time we step out into anything there will be some level of risk, but that is not an excuse not to take action.
If it is stepping out into a new job, taking the first step to get out of debt, quit a bad habit, or anything else – there will always be an excuse not to take action.
Step out and be one of those people who realizes that the perfect time is now.

4. Work Smarter, Not Harder

  • If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength… –Ecclesiastes 10:10
Steven Covey calls this his 7th Habit of Highly Effective People. He calls it “Sharpening the Saw.” Sometimes the most effective thing we can do is to rest. Though, it seems counter-intuitive, it really isn’t. Resting, allows for more production on your productive hours.
People who live by this principle realize that often 6 hours can be more productive when accompanied with rest than 10 without.
This was another lesson that I learned the hard way while in school. I would frequently spend 4 hours on homework, when I am sure I could have done it easily in 2 hours. I was living in a sleep-deprived zombie-like state because I “had better things to do with my time than sleep.”
Because my brain was functioning well below its capability, it took me a lot longer to finish my assignments.
My best success with this has been by regularly asking myself am I working hard or working smart? They aren’t mutually exclusive, but if you are only focusing on working hard, without actually thinking about if it is the smartest method, then you could be wasting your time with a dull axe.
Any other financial lessons from Solomon that I missed?

Christian Encouragement Quotes



I love inspirational quotes from other Christians.

Write one of these quotes down and try to read it a few more times today.

God will not be absent when His people are on trial; he will stand in court as their advocate, to plead on their behalf.  —Charles Haddon Spurgeon

You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are–Max Lucado

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you–George Mueller


The stars may fall, but God’s promises will stand and be fulfilled. –J. I. Packer

Go To Church



My Friends

It's Sunday, the last Sunday of the month of February 2016.
Sundays provide us the opportunity to go to Church
And no matter what you have slated to do today
No matter what your condition is
No matter your predicament

Go to Church

In the era gone by, the Church was a place where "brethren gathered to commune together and to share bread"
The Church provided the unbeliever an example of what believing was all about and enabled him to believe
The Church was a place where burdens were lifted, sorrows were dispersed and joy and happiness were multiplied
In that era, the Church was in the world

Even though the world is now in the Church of today, STILL go to Church
God still answers prayers

It's our #DependableSunday and our God is still very much DEPENDABLE

Have a pleasant Sunday


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Hymn For Today



Jesu my Lord, my God, my All
Hear me Blest Saviour when I call
Hear me and from Thy Dwelling Place
Pour down the riches of Thy grace
Jesu my Lord, I Thee adore
O make me love Thee more and more

Jesu too late I Thee have sought
How can I love Thee as I ought
And how extol Thy matchless fame
The glorious beauty of Thy Name
Jesu my Lord, I Thee adore
O make me love Thee more and more

Jesu what didst Thou find in me
That Thou hast dealt so lovingly
How great the joy that Thou hast brought
So far exceeding hope or thought
Jesu my Lord, I Thee adore
O make me love Thee more and more

Jesu of Thee shall be my song
To Thee my heart and soul belong
All that I have or am is Thine
And Thou Blest Savoiur, Thou are mine
Jesu my Lord, I Thee adore

O make me love Thee more and more

Monday, February 22, 2016

One Day At A Time



I know it is difficult for us to reconcile ourselves to the fact that one day we shall transit out of this plane into a higher plane, but it is an incontrovertible fact worthy of acceptance by all who want to live worthy lives.

The message is simply simple, we don't have all the time in this world and so we must have to maximize the time we have because time inappropriately spent can never be called back.

Time is a perishable commodity.

And that is why living "one day at a time" makes lots of sense.

Now this phrase does not in any way indicate that we cannot plan for the future or take adequate care for tomorrow, it only means that we should get each day filled with activities that are paying us better eternal dividends than the mundane.

One day contains 24 hours and quite a lot can be achieved within it.

I have always subscribed to the adage that says "live today as if it was your last" and in practicing this saying, I try to ensure that I do not shift for tomorrow that which I can conveniently do for today.

And this is because procrastination is not only a destiny destroyer but it is  also a talent eater

On this #VictoriousMonday let God reign Supreme

Learn to live one day at a time
It brings joy and fulfillment

God bless you real good



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Thursday, February 18, 2016

He Hears Us When We Call On Him



When things are going well with you, when you have all you ever wanted, it is very easy to think that it was our will and power that got those things for us, but in actual sense, it is the grace of God that made it possible for us to keep shinning.

Now contrast that with when we are down but not out, when all things seem herculean, when we think that there's no hope left, when we think that God has gone on an indefinite leave concerning us and the numerous problems facing us; when we ask that eternal question "God, where are You?"

It would become very clear that even when we think that all hope is lost and that our case is really hopeless, there is still some hope left because it is at the point when a man's strength has been well spent that God's strength takes over.

God hears us, and that is always.

Whether we mouth it or we groan over it in our hearts, He hears and He answers.

It's #CourageousThursday and today I urge you to develop enough courage to live out the remainder of the week to His Glory and you shall have nothing to worry about.

God bless you real good today


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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

He Lives In Me



You know, growing up was quite fun for us, especially in the Sunday School.

I remember the Sunday School Teachers telling us that God lives in us and we were like, how could such a Big God live in us and yet allow us to be us?

It was a question that some of the Teachers found very uncomfortable to answer but one day, one of the Older Teachers sat us all down and told us the story of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

She said that when the universe was void and in darkness, the God Head had a Conference where it was decided that, some meaning has to be made out of the Universe so that it can sustain life and so they went ahead to create the Earth and the Heavens and all that there are in them.

And when they were done with all the creations, they formed man out of the dust of the earth by that eternal call made by God saying "Come, let US create man in Our Own Image and Likeness....."

She made us to understand that God is not a physical Being that we can see or feel or touch but a Spirit Whose Essence can be felt when we are in quiet and serene mood.

And that God lives as His Spirit in us to guide and direct the thoughts of our hearts, the words of our mouths and the actions of our hands.

Since that time, over 50 years ago, I came to know that God softly and quietly talks to us, and that if we can block out the noise of the world, we definitely shall walk and work with Him through our lifetime.

Right now, I can definitely say that He lives in me

And you?

It's our #AnointedWednesday

Remember to go for the anointing to overcome the remaining days of the week


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Hymn For Today



Come let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the Throne
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues
But all our joys are one

Worthy the Lamb that died they cried
To be exalted thus
Worthy the Lamb our lips reply
For He was slain for us

Jesus is worthy to receive
Honour and Power divine
And blessings more than we can give
Be Lord for ever Thine

Let all creation join in one
To bless the Sacred Name
Of Him that sits upon the Throne

And to adore the Lamb

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our God Is Really Dependable



I have always known God from Childhood, not as the Father Christmas that most persons take Him to be now, but as the Father of Creation, my very own Creator without Whom I would never have made it into this world.

I have come a long way with Him but I have never taken Him for granted.

I have always known Him to be walking alongside with me, and I have also known that there were times when I was too weary to walk and yet I walked because His Able Hands lifted me up.

Sometimes I have been down but not out, and it would only take a nudge from Him to keep me on my feet again

I have lost properties
I have lost money
I have been conned
I have been blackmailed
I have been derided
I have been laughed at
I have been insulted
I have been assaulted
I have been embarrassed
The one with whom I ate out of the same plate had stabbed me at my back
And many others

But this God had been there for me
He had always given me His Spirit to calm the troubled waters around me, to give me peace when I am in turmoil, to land me on safe shores when the ship I was traveling in had wrecked

He is a dependable God
If you do not yet know Him, today presents another opportunity for you to know Him personally.

It is worth the effort

So people, it is our #DependableSunday

Let us all arise to go to the Lord's House to meet with our Dependable Father

There is none like him

Have a very pleasant Sunday today


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Hymn For Today



At Thy Feet O Christ we lay
Thine Own gift of this new day
Doubt of what it holds in store
Makes us crave Thine aid the more
Lest it prove a time of loss’
Mark it Saviour with Thy Cross

If it flow on calm and bright
Be Thyself our Chief delight
If it bring unknown distress
Good is all that Thou canst bless
Only while its hours begin
Pray we keep them clear of sin

We in part our weakness know
And in part discern our foe
Well for us before Thine  Eyes
All our danger open lies
Turn not from us while we plead
Thy compassions and our need

Fain would we Thy Word embrace
Live each moment on Thy grace
All ourselves to Thee consign
Fold up all our wills in Thine
Think and speak and do and be
Simply that which pleases Thee

Hear us Lord and that right soon
Hear and grant the choicest boon
That Thy joy can e’er impart
Loyal singleness of heart
So shall this and all our days

Christ our God show forth Thy praise

Friday, February 12, 2016

We Are So Blessed



It is really human nature to complain, to compare, to whine, to grunt and to blame

When we don't get what we want, even if we have all we need, we complain

We whine when things are not going our way

We compare ourselves with those in the same "Social Class" as us, how they are doing far better than us

We grunt when we are disappointed by those we love

And we blame everything else for our misfortunes but ourselves.

If only we can take out time to check out what God has done for us, then we would know that whenever we complain or whine or grunt or compare or blame, we actually are acting more like unbelievers.

This God gave us the most important things of life for free - the air that we breathe in, the sun that shines (both for the wicked and the good), the rain that falls to water the ground for crops to grow, the green leaves at their season

This God that continually brings us back to the land of the living no matter where we went to while in the land of the spirits

This God that has continually ensured that even if there is famine all around us, we do not die of hunger

This God that kept His Own Side of the Bargain with mankind, by sending and giving His Only Begotten Son to die on the Cross to save mankind from all his iniquities and to clear him of all unrighteousness

This God that has not allowed us to spend a night in a hospital being fed through tubes and syringes

If we really sit down to count our blessings, we would see that in the place of complains, we should actually be praising the Lord

It's our #FantasticFriday
The harbinger of the good news of the on-coming weekend

Be the best you can be today, but thank God for His blessings upon your life and be continually grateful


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

We Are Alive!!!!



Oh Glory! Glory!! Glory!!!
And God has done it again.
He brought us from the land of the spirits to this land of the living and into His Banqueting Hall and all because His Banner over us is Love.

God's love continues to be manifested in our lives even when we don't deserve it.

How many earthly parents would forgive their children for going astray several times? but in His infinite mercies, God allows His love to overflow over us despite the single fact that we have continually continued to do that which He had asked us to refrain from.

It surely takes courage to live the godly way

It's our #CourageousThursday and today we pray that you find the courage you need to overcome the things of the flesh.

Adios, Adios


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It's All About God's Grace



You know the way people go on to boast of how they made themselves what they are today?

How they were able to extricate themselves from limiting environments and surroundings to a plain where they can afford what they want when they want them?

How while others were sleeping, they were busy ploughing the fields?

I used to think that way too, and sometimes acted it out but then somewhere along the line, the Spirit that dwells within opened my eyes to behold that:

"the race is not to the swift, neither is victory to the strong" but that time and circumstance happens to us all and that it is the Grace of God that lifts a man out of the woods when his hands are already in the open space.

And I know that this is true because lots of people have passed through motions that ought to extricate them from their lack syndrome but the Grace is yet to shine on their path.

When God's Grace shines on your path, you just possess the midas touch and all you touch becomes gold

Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.

So when next you think that you are responsible for all that you have achieved, remember, that is only 1/10th of the fact; the remaining 9/10th is just about the Grace of God

And remember to give Him all the Glory

It's our #AnointedWednesday

Go for the anointing to finish the week strong


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thank God For Life



It's our #SuperlativeTuesday and we are happy to be in it.

It is recorded in the Scriptures that when God molded man out of the dust of the earth, man was lifeless but when the Spirit of God gave the breath of life to man, man became quickened and received the gift of life and thus became a living being.

Therefore all "life" belongs to God, Who Alone has the Power to give and to take.

Whenever you go in at night and wake up again in the morning, you must know that it is the Grace of God and you just have to keep thanking Him.

Today, we are thanking God for life

Join us

Live out your day today with courage; remember that nobody or idea can rent a part of your head without your consent.

Enjoy life


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Marriage In Graphics - Must Read


And Yet Another Victory


 Hello Friends

We have scored another victory. We have been brought back to the land of the living to continue to glorify God in this our #Victorious #Monday.

What else can we say?
But to say "Thank You Lord"

If you have not said it today, then you really have not started the day
Say it now "Thank You Jesus"

He is the Only One worthy of your worship and your whole hearted thankfulness

It's our Victorious Monday

Let's go out there and really break every chain that still keeps us bound

Have a terrific day


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Encouragement Through God’s Promises



The promises that come in God’s word are sure to encourage you in your walk with Christ today.

 The Promise of Eternal Life
John 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

  God’s Faithful
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations

 God promises To Guide Us
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

 All Scripture Is Inspired From God- The Bible Is The True Word Of God
2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

God Hears Our Prayers

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Hymn For Today



Pleasant are Thy courts above
In the land of light and love
Pleasant are Thy courts below
In this land of sin and woe
O my spirit longs and faints
For the converse of Thy saints
For the brightness of Thy Face
For Thy fullness God of grace

Happy birds that sing and fly
Round Thy altars O Most High
Happier souls that find a rest
In a Heavenly Father’s breast
Like the wandering dove that found
No repose on earth around
They can to their ark repair
And enjoy it ever there

Happy souls their praises flow
Even in this vale of woe
Waters in the desert rise
Manna feeds them from the skies
On they go from strength to strength
Till they reach Thy Throne at length
At Thy Feet adoring fall
Who hast led them safe through all

Lord be mine this prize to win
Guide me through a world of sin
Keep me by Thy saving grace
Give me at Thy Side a place
Sun and Shield alike Thou art
Guide and guard my erring heart
Grace and glory flow from Thee

Shower, O shower them Lord on me.