| PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE
|Memorise: “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph 4:23)
Read: Ephesians 4:23-27
|God’s blessings have a way of redefining the way you are addressed or greeted. After years of roaming without a car, I got my first car.
One of my lecturer colleagues greeted me with a warm handshake and asked, ‘How is your car doing?’ Then I realized the effect the additional material blessing I had had on the way I was greeted.
Very soon, for someone using this Devotional, when your friends greet you, they will add, ‘How is your jet doing?’
However, when asked, ‘How are you doing?’, many of us betray ourselves by the reply we give. The usual thing to say is ‘Fine, all is well’, even when all is not well.
If you can give the appropriate answer, you could get help.
I once visited a friend and his wife prepared some food for me. The meat could not be cut with teeth. The condiments – vegetables, oil, etc. were in their different compartments but I forced myself to eat a little.
Thereafter, my friend’s wife asked me, ‘How was the food?’ ‘Wonderful’ I replied. Dissatisfied, she probed, ‘You are my daddy: please tell me the truth.
How can my food be wonderful yet my husband does not come home to eat?’ When she kept pressing for an objective assessment, and because her marriage was on line, I told her the food was not good.
The pepper was too much. Salt was not enough.
The vegetable was almost raw. The condiments did not blend together. Then I asked her to check the plate to know how many pieces of meat were missing.
She broke down and asked me to help her.
So I gave her some cooking tips. I told her to boil the meat very well and add fish in all her cooking. I asked her to find out what her husband loves to eat, not what she likes to serve.
To cut it short, things took a dramatic turn from that moment.
If you are ready to learn, you cannot cover up whatever is missing in the equation of your life, marriage, academics, work, ministry.
Nobody was born with all knowledge. You can only know what you open yourself to know. Even if you have not started, you can start today and make a difference.
There are appropriate ways of doing things. Have you acquired all you need to excel in the various areas of your life? Like the sister, be open to learn what you don’t know and you will be on the way to a better, happier tomorrow.
Be frank, honest and true to yourself.
|It is wisdom to learn what you don’t know in order to be what you desire to be. Only fools refuse to learn.|
|Pastor Enoch Adeboye|
|Memorise: “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them” (Prov 20:12)Read: Proverbs 26:13-16|
|“As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Prov 26:14). Another trait you find in the sluggard is that most times, he refuses to make effort. It is all noise but no movement. All faith talks but no works. His problem is procrastination.
He always has hope for a tomorrow that never comes. ‘When will you start to pray aggressive, effective prayers?” ‘Ah! Tomorrow’. The following day, he will say the body is weak so he will resume his prayers ‘Tomorrow’. The next day, he will say the weather appears too dull for his liking so he will say once again, ‘Tomorrow’. The ‘tomorrow’ of a sluggard is a myth – a mirage. It is borne in emptiness and exists only in the mouth realm. If you are fond of carrying over today’s assignments, responsibilities and duties to the next day or some future date, you are a sluggard.
Memorize: The sluggard will not plow by reason
of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing” (Prov20:4)
Read luke 14:16-24
A sluggard is one who hates work. He or she is idle and attracts pain and disappointment to those who depend on him if your leader cannot depend on you, you are a sluggard.
If you repeatedly fail to meet with deadlines, you are a sluggard. Another characteristic of a sluggard is mismanagement of time.
Time is money. But more than that, it is one of your greatest assets on earth. Everything you do is spread within a period of time.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says God has appointed a time for everything that takes place on earth. In Genesis chapter one, God assigned time to specific tasks. At the end of one week, He could list out all His achievement for each day. Up till now, many leave their homes with no set objective in mind.
Days weeks, month, and years go without achieving anything meaningful
. If you cannot set daily weeks, month, and yearly goals for yourself, your family, ministry, etc, and follow it up with a sense of commitment and high level of dedication, you are a sluggard.
Time is a most valuable asset. That is what you trade with to earn a living. You are expected to use it to equip yourself in needed skills, knowledge and education.
How are you managing your time? If you cannot keep appointments or always go late for meetings, you are sluggard.
“The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall be beg in harvest, and have nothing (Prov 20:4). Another mark of a sluggard is excuse making.
If the weather is what determines whether you will work or not doing what you should, you will find many. This is a major difference between successful and unsuccessful people. While the former will not accept any reason to fail including legitimate ones, the latter will create reason for making attempts even when none exists. If your job r business is the excuse for not serving God you are sluggard.
The wife who keeps making excuses for not serving her husband is a sluggard. If care is not taken, she will lose him to strange women. Have you been using your admission into higher institution of learning as excuses fir not daily living in righteousness or pleasing God?
You are a sluggard. A sluggard is destined to fail. You are a child of destiny and success, wealth and victory are a part of your destiny. Reject every excuse for failure no matter how legitimate.
You must teach your goal. Don’t be an excuse factory!