2017 SHM WEEKLY WISDOM TITBIT – Week 38. COMBATIVENESS

Hello again dear friends, how has our week been? Mine has been glorious, thank God!

This week, laid on my heart to share and encourage us with is combativeness. This noun shows a state of being ready to argue or fight, ultimately leading to being characterized as being pugnacious! Not a nice way to describe anybody, yes? But the reality is that once in a while like that we just feel like ‘sticking it to the other person, do we not?

Now, my own experience is that after my combative encounter I often feel that maybe I came on too strongly? 🙈 So, been there, done that! Ok, so this piece is not about being judgmental.

How do we think people we have ban combative with feel, during and after each encounter? This should sharpen our understanding of the real problem of being combative. If we reckon such people feel happy and left the conversation feeling better, then being combative would be a good thing; but that never happens, does it? Often than not those on the receiving end would leave unhappy and wonder what just hit them!

Now, if we accept that every human being is an extension of God, then our manner of discuss amongst ourselves, in public and privately should take on a civil tone and manner , shouldn’t it. And we should also understand the ‘manner’ part of what I just said above. Some folk have mastered the art of speaking evenly in low tones, but their body language can dice a rock in half!

So, what to do? I believe the book of Hebrews has the perfect recipe – Follow peace with ALL men and holiness, without which no man can see God! When we get on that train, trust me, our combative nature will reduce and gradually diminish. God bless us as we begin to try.

You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name. We love you!

September 19th 2017. Salvation House.

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2017 SHM WISDOM TITBIT_WEEK 36

 

WEEK 36. HIS LAWS, OUR BENEFIT.

Another wonderful week my friends. Is this truly the 36th week of this year already? Wow! Shouldn’t we thank The Lord for preserving our lives thus far? Lord, we praise you!

This week let us encourage ourselves on an issue many would rather not discuss, or merely gloss over. Has to do with God’s laws.

What He wants is crystal clear – to love Him with the totality of who we are; and then to love the next person as we so ourselves. Not hard, right? So, why is there still so much pain and wickedness in the world?

One simple reason this has been hard and will continue to be so for many people is this thing called ‘free will’.

God designed every human being to have it. Free will is the ability to act at your own discretion without any constraint! It is interesting, (but a story for another day) why God chose to give every human that capacity; but for our task this week, it is enough to understand why many find it so hard to obey His laws.

Whatever you think you have a discretion about, you tend to do in a way that pleases only you! Reason why many would plan for a people in a way that benefits just a few of the planners! But if we examine this more critically, we would realize that discretion improperly exercised can really become a trap. How?

Because what you do, thinking is all about you; is really more about others, many more than you! Because our actions have reverberative effect on those around us, to just on us. Yes, because we are social creatures! So, how we exercise our discretion will always after others! Lesson to learn is this: exercise your free will more about others than yourself!

Another aspect of His laws, is that God does not really need them those laws. Trust me. He has existed for eons without man and if He so chooses can still do so for eternity. So, why give mankind laws? Well, as my topic suggests – FOR OUR OWN BENEFITS.

Take another look at His laws in broad form, what some may call the 10 commandments. You will discover that an in depth study of them will show that all ten (which are really the two I started with) are for man’s own good!

So, in truth, obeying His commandments are for my benefit and yours! Seen from this angle, we should begin to realize that we must work on our minds (the workshop for all things good and evil) to compel our bodies to obey His commandments – at all times!

Would it be easy? You bet NOT! That is why each must work out his salvation with fear, with trembling.

Have a great week dear friends. You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name.

We love you!

September 5th 2017. Salvation House.

2017 SHM WEEKLY WISDOM TITBIT

WEEK 13. MENTAL TOUGHNESS.
Every human being has a weakness or another to contend with. Because no human being is God! He has not yet been born that human being who does not have issues. So, it is not new! 
The best we can do therefore, is to learn to identify, and starve our week points. And anyone who tells you it is easy has not done one successfully before! Because is is a tough, painful, and long process!
But the required starting point is to acquire ability for a tough mental state. Why mental? Because failed attempts to overcome problems usually would have focused on the symptoms, not root. The principle is FIRST WITHIN, THEN WITHOUT.
Successful athletes would tell you that they spend more time in mental preparation than they do with the physical side of training. Because what you get a picture of, is what you are empowered to do.
So, get a positive mental picture of yourself living above that problem, that addiction, that moral morass. Keep that mental picture strong; then gradually your mind would accept its possibility; and the flesh would follow. That was exactly what Abraham and Sarah had to do to get Isaac, which was why it took so long! (Story for another day, perhaps)
How to get that mental picture? By use of your imagination. Without imagination, he vital first step in self control is impossible. Picture yourself rising above that weakness, that contending issue. Remember what Jesus said about the devil, He COULD SEE Satan fall like lightening from heaven! And the Almighty God Himself saw order from the chaos of darkness before re-creation occurred. So, put you imagination to good use. Same way we picture before we act out those very things we need to correct, to put behind us!
Now, let the battle of the mind begin. 
You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name. We love you!
March 28th 2017. Salvation House.

An The Stones Tumbled

Easy to condemn,

Harder to forgive.

To ridicule others, effortless.

To praise, harder than meteorite. 

He who is without ought, He said,

the first stone to cast.

Alas, none the courage had,

to cast the stone first.

For none there be without fault.

Yet, they be fault finding!

At last all their stones tumbled,

humbled as their haughty bearers.

What a sight glorious when

all their stones tumbled,

their bearers humbled!

Thank you Sire, for lessons 

so apt, that my future assured.

No matter how filthy, how soiled.

A home for me to find in your

bossom so righteous; that I,

my dirty self, is made whole;

and made acceptable that no

haughty spirit can me torment!

Stones have tumbled indeed.
(Inspired by Jn. 8: 1-11)

© 4th January 2017. Adewale Adeniji.

2017 SHM WEEKLY WISDOM TITB _WEEK 2_ENCOURAGE YOUR SPOUSE

 

Encourage your spouse to flourish. By it you will stand beside a successful, grateful partner. Doing otherwise, for whatever reason, is the epitome of folly. We don’t want that, do we?

Let not simmering resentment rob you of the blessings of seeing your spouse succeed. See, no matter what he or she becomes, no one (not even the spouse) can validly discount your contribution. Even if no gratitude is shown to you, as some fear, you will benefit directly or indirectly. Someone close to your heart will be blessed by the prosperity/success/fulfillment of your spouse.

In any case, it is better, is it not, to sow that good seed and reap the rewards elsewhere? I encourage you today, assist your spouse to be the best he/she can be. You will be fulfilled thereby, trust me!

You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name. We love you!

January 10th 2017. Salvation House.

2017 SHM Weekly Wisdom Titbit_Week 1_Imagination.

Week 1. IMAGINATION.
Imagination is its own form of courage. God Himself admitted that can do anything you envision possible! To lack imagination therefore, is to be without concrete hope for success.

 
Dream dreams, dream them big.

Imagine yourself getting that job; achieving that goal, that objective.

Place yourself in that role in your mind.

Let the picture of it be seared in your consciousness.

 
That was exactly how God recreated the world as we know it! Stop cheating yourself, IMAGINE! Those who call you crazy now will be the first to celebrate you!
You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name. We love you!
January 3rd 2017. Salvation House.

 

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