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The Gift of Pains (3): The Necessity of the Gift

You may have had unfair things happen to you, but the depth of your pain is just an indication of the height of your future ~ Joel Osteen

From the previous posts, it is clear that pain is hurtful and it affects the whole system of man but we have seen so far that the gift of pain must not be avoided or rejected because anyone that avoids such a gift today, cannot avoid the consequence tomorrow. For example, anyone that avoids the pains and cost of his education today will face the consequences of ignorance later in his or life. Then, if pain is so unavoidable, we must face it squarely when it comes.

If you face the pain now, you will enjoy the gain later

The gift of Pains comes to us at a point or the other in life but it our attitude that determines what we can bring out of it. We have seen the attitude of Joseph and several notable men and people of influence in our contemporary time, they all have something to say about their gifts of pains and how they were able to embrace it and the outcome of such experience is very clear for all to see.

On the other hands, minions also spread all over the earth with the share of their pie of pains and regrets due to their refusal to embrace the gift of pain meant for their journey in life.   Indeed, the reality is that people go through more pain while trying to avoid pains of necessity!

Many people believe that everything that is pleasurable in life must come by the way pleasure, and this made them to constantly search for every way to short-circuit the process of their pains but the real thing is that there is no short cut to the top of a tree than to begin from its bottom.

The Connecting Bridge

The summary of life’s events is that the gift of pain is real and for anyone to cross over to his desired haven in life, there is a bridge to cross and that is where the gift of pain is located. Many people got to this bridge and turned back as seeing in the case of the Israelite who were very close to entering into the Promised Land but they feared, the appearance of the giants (the contents in the gift of pain presented to them), they murmured and perish in the wilderness. But the quote from Williams Shakespeare is worthy of note, he said, pain pays the income of every precious thing.

Pain pays the income of every precious thing ~ William Shakespeare

Pain is an experience that is not friendly to man but it is what connects to the pleasures of life. Moments of pains could be described as when one is stuck in the valley of suffering and such a moment is never desirable but they are necessary and unavoidable as Marquis de Sade mentioned that it is by way of pain that one arrives at pleasure.

There is a generation of people who want to arrive at the destination of pleasure without going through pain that heralds it. However, we must know that the pain of necessity is not a pain that was inflicted on you as a result of an error or misdeed or that comes as a result of cause and effect but it comes as something that one must go through and grow through.

Always remember that anything that you want and that is valuable to you requires you to break through a short-term pain in order to gain a long-term pleasure but those who reject the short-term pain, will enter fully into their long-term suffering, time will tell.

You must break through the short-term pain to access the long-term gain

Do you experience a sort of pain presently, in your studies, your business, career, ministry, etc. it is not a moment for you to quit but to press further because quitters cannot win and winners cannot quit. Joel Osteen mentioned that you may have had unfair things happen to you, but the depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future. Therefore, instead of rejecting the gift of pain, gladly embrace it and grow through it, it will certainly deliver its treasures to you.

The joyful thing about life is that after the rain, the sun will reappear and at the end of the tunnel there are beams of light, then after the pain, the you will still appear because weeping of pain only endures for a night, the dawn of joy is on its way.

The pain you experience in life should not make you look down on your self or make you look backward and lose sight of your tomorrow.

Declutter: The Law of a Single Eye in Leadership

Benjamin Suulola
An overcrowded life that scatters a focus is a life that weakens, limits, kills effectiveness and dilutes the purity of purpose and perfection.

In following up our series on Lead to Next: How to take your organization to the next level. I see the need to discuss this important matter on decluttering.

Decluttering is simply the act of removing unnecessary items from an overcrowded place like a home. But much more than a physical place or home, my focus is the life – your life as a leader.

If there is anything that is needed and required urgently in many of us who are called to leadership, it is decluttering.

This sin of cluttering lies in occupying ourselves with so many things that are less important to the main thing we ought to devote ourselves to.

The necessity to remove unnecessary activities, purposeless busyness, mundane things in order to focus on what is important is what many of us need at this time.

An overcrowded life that scatters a focus is a life that weakens, limits, kills effectiveness and dilutes the purity purpose and perfection.

A Leader that refuses to declutter will always be the one to answer the question that God asked in Isaiah 55:2, “Why do you spend money for what is not bread and your wages for what does not satisfy?”

Let’s look at the two questions raised here.

Why Do You Spend Money for What is not Bread?

The question here is challenging a commitment to things that returns no strength in value. Things of no eternal and Kingdom value.

The things that have no lasting fulfillment and reward. That’s what it means to spend money for what is not bread.

There are many leaders today who have committed themselves, resources and their purchasing power on junk labour, assignment, ministry, business and all kinds of projects that will waste rather than to give them a fulfilling strength.

When you spend your money for what is not bread. It is a wasteful spending. It calls for decluttering your life, organization or ministry.

Why Do You Spend Your Wages for What Does not Satisfy?

The second question is also addressing the use of what is hard-earned on what cannot meet a real need.

There are things that cannot satisfy our longing to fulfil God’s purpose whether in our vocations or callings. These things cannot give us real joy even if they have been able to bring more money, titles, fame and whatever success into our lives. They have no capacity to enrich our soul in terms of spiritual joy.

Whatever that costs us so much to get must not be carelessly spent for what will not truly satisfy us on the longer view of eternal perspective. 

Our life’s purpose, relationship with God and the redeemed life costs Jesus so much to get for us. We cannot afford to spend these for what will not satisfy Christ in our lives.

Based on the two questions we have discussed, the answer is decluttering. We respond to decluttering by yielding ourselves to the law of single eye.

We will discuss more on this law in the next article. But the power of this single eye is what gives us the ability to focus on what commands the greatest strength and satisfaction for our organization and even in our personal lives.

The law of single eye is a correct state of mind which helps us to declutter in order to focus on what will bring our lives and organizations into full brightness of purpose and performance.

As we look forward to discuss more about this law in the next devotion, I want to ask you personally.

What is taking up your time different from the real assignment you ought to focus on?

What are you spending your time on which is draining you rather than empowering you in your purpose?

What are the areas you need to declutter so that you can be effective on the main assignment you have been given in your organization?

THE GIFT OF PAINS

Life is filled with many thing that we look forward to seeing, wonderful gift; gifts of people, possessions, positions and many desirable things. At the same time, it is filled with ups and downs, hills and valleys, mountains and plains and different seasons of life but it must be known that it is the combinations of these that make the best out of life.

Gifts are desirable. Everybody wants them, especially if they are thing that one needs at that moment. This gift could be physical or intangible but when it comes, it is often embraced  for the reason that it comes not as a result of your labour but due to the willingness and the kindness of the heart of the giver. No matter the size of a gift, it is welcoming, especially when it comes from the heart that is loving and kind. Hence, it is not the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.

It is not the size of the gift that matters but the size of the heart that gives it

On several occasion people had been presented different gifts – houses, clothes, motor car, scholarship, precious gems, books and other material things and to crown it all, our Maker is the Giver of gifts (James 1:17) and He gives unreservedly (James 1:5).

But in addition to the gifts listed, there is a particular gift that comes our way that we often want to avoid and if possible, we want to do without it, but the reality is that every gift has something important to do in our lives and this gift is the Gift of Pain.

While gifts are desirable pains are undesirable. When we go through pain, we feel hurt and confused, disturbed and disorganised. While some pains should be avoided, there are some that should be gladly welcome because of the outcome of such in our lives (Heb. 12:11). He that wants to avoid such a pain cannot avoid the consequences of the avoidance.

A student that does not want to go through the pains of going to classes and studying hard must be ready to welcome failure when it knocks; an entrepreneur that does not want to bear the pains of starting a business and weathering the storms will surely consume his seed of investment before it germinates; a minister of the Gospel that does not want to go through the necessary pains of the ministry will find himself in the category of people like Demas who quit ministry and abandoned faith.

However, it must be clearly understood that every good thing that we are seeing today passed through the process of pain. Remember before gold become attractive it must have gone through fire and the degree of the fire it passed through is what determines it lustre and its price in the market. Indeed anyone that will not leave his comfort zone cannot arrive at his comfort land, in other words journeying from comfort zone to comfort land requires going through the process of pain.

Anyone that will not leave his comfort zone cannot arrive at his comfort land

The Narrative from a Shining Gold

I wish we could approach these gold that we desire and spend fortunes to get and they will have something to tell us about how they were gently sitting in their ore state deep down in the soil, black, dark and uninviting. All of a sudden, they started hearing the sound of digging and terribly discomfiting and discomforting activities were being carried out on them. Shortly, the soil covering them were removed and that was not enough they were being cut in piece and evacuated from their comfort zone.

The narrative from one of the gold continues. From there, they were carried into the factory and brought before the waiting furnace in the processing area called the kiln. The fire was increased and they were pushed into it. The experience in the fire was not very sweet (as narrated).

Pain is necessary. Sometimes it is the teacher that we require to bring out the best out of us, indeed it is a hidden gift of healing and hope ~ Janet Jackson

It was hot and painful in the kiln and as the temperature is increasing so was the pain but after a while, when we examine ourselves we can see the dirt and impurities covering us being removed, indeed when the dross is taken away from the silver, there will be a vessel for the smith (Pro 25:4). We waited and patiently pass through the process in the furnace and here we are shining as everybody can see.

That is the imaginative report of one of the piece of gold that you spend fortune to get. It is always good that we imagine and know that they passed through processes of pains before emerging as the shining gold that can stand the test of times and seasons, and experiences of life.

 

Every pain is a gift and opportunity just as every disappointment will lead another appointment if properly engaged

Although, Pain is a gift that nobody wants but the reality of it is that it is unavoidable because life is not just about the pain but the result it brings. We will only begin to enjoy the benefits that pains stand to give us when we are seeing it in its true appearance, as a gift.

There is a silent beauty hidden amongst pain, if you will sit in it you may never find it but if you grow through it, you will find the treasure ~ Nickki Rowe

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Make the Right Move

New Anointing requires making the right move.

Anointing is for movement. The new anointing is for right movement.

When you are anointed or just received the new anointing, you must begin to make the right move that will put the anointing to work in your life.

Some years ago, I had an encounter with a new anointing of the Spirit.

When this encounter took place, the Lord said to me that I have just entered into the new operation of the Gifts of the Spirit.

You can’t imagine how greatly I rejoiced and appreciated the Lord. It was a turning point for me in ministry and I so much took it with utmost confidence.

But after some time, I couldn’t see the practical dimension of what the Lord said I have been newly given.

Having sought the Lord on this matter, He spoke to me one day and said, “The anointing is there, but you have not put it to work.”

This very day, I learnt one of the biggest lessons in my walk with God that, it is God’s responsibility to anoint but it is my own responsibility to put the anointing to work.

In Acts 10:38, we are showed the response of Jesus to anointing and how we are expected to walk in it.

Jesus Made the Right Move because of the New Anointing!

Anointing is for action! New Anointing should lead to New Action!

I love the way the Message Bible renders Acts 10:38. He says, “Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action…”

It is the anointing that gets us ready for action. Supernatural action!

Every action without the anointing will be full of contractions. Also, anointing without right action will soon lead to confusion.

But anointing with right action always unlock supernatural expansion.

This is what I see taking place in our lives, families and ministries as we make the right moves for God from now.

I can see the Lord bringing down walls of limitations and barriers.

You are breaking forth from every side! The Breaker anointing is paving way for you to fulfil the mandate of God upon your life.

This is the time to make the right move. Don’t hold back. The new anointing will do the work. You will not be limited again.

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Let us ask the Lord for the obedience of right action that will put His anointing to work in our lives.

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“Anointing is for movement. The new anointing is for right movement!”

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1 Corinthians 2:9, Deuteronomy 29:29, John  5:19, 16:15, Acts 10:38, Micah 2:13

 

Fight to Make Your Dream a Reality (2)

Do you have a dream but it seems the reality looks impossible? Have you put your best into your dreams so much that you are burning out and feel like giving up?

I have a word for you today. God has not given up on you. He feels what you feel (Hebrews 4:15). He will supply the grace and strength needed to help you if you can cry out to Him (Hebrews 4:16).

“Keep fighting. Keep daring. Never turn back until you see your dream turn to reality.”

Perhaps you have heard this story before, but we can still take something from it.

There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains. The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day, and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back up into the mountains.

The lowlanders didn’t know how to climb the mountain. They didn’t know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn’t know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.

Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home.

The men tried first one method of climbing and then another. They tried one trail and then another. After several days of effort, however, they had climbed only several hundred feet.

Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.

As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking toward them. They realized that she was coming down the mountain that they hadn’t figured out how to climb.

And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?

One man greeted her and said, “We couldn’t climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”

She shrugged her shoulders and said, “It wasn’t your baby.”

The lesson here is: If your dream is so dear to your heart, you will do everything possible within your God-given ability to climb this big mountain before you and bring your baby down.

Your dream is like that baby and it’s trapped somewhere far beyond your reach. But if you refuse to be a lowlander, God will give you grace to subdue the mountain and do what the strongest and the best men could not do (Zechariah 4:7).

It is a new season for you. Your dream is worth fighting for. Don’t feel hopeless and helpless thinking the reality of your dream is a lost cause.

No!

The reality of your dream is possible no matter the magnitude.

So, get up and get going.

Don’t return with sad news of defeat. It may be hard, but keep pressing towards the mark. All your attention must be on that which is ahead, and not on what is past.

There’s victory for you as you fight to turn your dreams to a reality.

It shall come to pass.