Focus on the goal – The role of destiny helpers

In our past two posts, we have been dealing with how you can focus on your goal. We discussed that to focus on the goals we need to have some “me-time”, deal with distractions and be ready to say NO (link). We also learnt that it takes wisdom to know how to deal with each distraction that we face in life (link). Our discussion today will focus on the role of others in reaching our goals.

We all need people to reach our destination. God blesses us through men, and these people are meant to help us get to the destination God has given to us. They have the capacity to be direct us, open certain doors for us with their influence or are ready to carry the burden with us until we reach the destination. Rabbi Daniel Lapin puts it very excellently in his book “Business Secrets from the Bible” by noting that “We are in fact, created for this very purpose- to connect with one another”. These are our destiny helpers. A man in Mark 2:1-5 received his healing because of his four friends. There are a few things we can learn from this scripture:

  1. Destiny helpers are not in for their personal benefits (Verse 3). These four men could have rushed to Jesus and listen to the word and ask for help with something, but they thought of their friend.
  2. Destiny helpers do not give up in the face of challenges (Verse 4). These four men wanted to help the man to get his healing and were not ready to let a packed room stop them. When you meet your destiny helpers, they would not run away from you because of the challenges you face.
  3. Destiny helpers look for opportunities to solve problems (Verse 4). The four men sought for other opportunities to get the paralytic man to Jesus. That was when they uncovered the roof where Jesus was. Men who have been destined to help us will seek for opportunities to help us reach our goal.

Jesus saw their action as enough faith for the paralytic man to get healed. I should sign the warning that there may be people who would present themselves as destiny helpers, but they are hypocrites. Beware of any person who would try to take you away from fellowship with God and the believers.

Let me end this post by also saying that you are also meant to be someone else’s destiny helper. In his book “How successful people think”, John C. Maxwell noted that “When you work to consider an issue from every possible angle, examine it in the light of another’s history, discover the interests and concerns of others, and try to set aside your own agenda, you begin to see what others see”. Let me add a phrase to the last sentence of John Maxwell’s statement… “you feel the way they feel and are ready to help them through”.

Prayer

I pray that God will grant us the spirit of discernment to be helpers to people He has destined that we help, and be connected to our destiny helpers. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!

If you have read this message and you do not know Christ, I would like to ask you to receive Him as your Lord and personal saviour. He has been made wisdom unto us and it is only through fellowship with Him that you grow in wisdom. If you want to receive Jesus as Your Lord and Saviour, kindly repeat these words after me:

Thank You Father for sending Your Son Jesus to come and die for me so I can be saved. I receive You Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. Please come into my heart and fellowship with me. Amen!

If you have said this prayer with me, welcome to the family of believers. Do find a Bible-believing and Holy Spirit-filled church to fellowship with.

God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International

Focus on the Goal – Deal with Distractions

Our previous post was on focusing on your goal. For a recap, we learnt that to focus on our goal, we need to have some “me time”, deal with distractions and press on with what we are doing. For a recap of that edition, kindly read the blog post via this link.

A reader of the post asked a question we want to discuss today. The question is presented as follows:

Question: What if along the way something unplanned happens but dealing with it means sinning against God? Will you drag the problem along to reach your goal or will you just stop and deal with it first and continue?

With this question, we will discuss dealing with distractions as you focus on the goal. As was mentioned in the previous post, you can not do away with distractions, as the word focus comes with dealing with distractions. Dealing with these distractions will be different for each person as well as the circumstances. However, I have outlined a few points from the Bible for us to have a look at.

  • Each situations requires wisdom to handle. Wisdom requires that we understand the situation and know how to respond appropriately. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to guide us.
  • Some distractions must be dealt with before progressing. They are meant to provide you with the necessary fortitude to get to the goal. These can include your guilt, fear and anxieties as well as unchecked emotions. Joseph run away as he was enticed by Mrs Portiphar (Genesis 39:1-20); Paul asked his son Timothy to flee from youthful lust (2 Timothy 2:22), and many more examples. You would have to deal with these things so you can move on. Further reading: Hebrews 12:1; Psalm 32:5; Luke 10:40-42; Matthew 6:25-26.
  • Some distractions would have to be dragged along till you get to the end. A typical example was Jesus dealing with the teachers of the law as He was about His ministry. At every point in his ministry, you could find them asking a question or challenging his actions. It would have taken eterninty to change their thinking patterns. Therefore it was important that He dealt with this hypocrisy and injustices as He continued His ministry. In oour current lives, this would mean that we have to also deal with the injustices, moral inappropriateness as well as persecutions as we focus on our goal of becoming like Christ.
  • No matter what distractions you face and the approach you have to deal with it, it should never let you sin against God. If it leads you to sin, then its a sign that you were directed by God. You need to advice yourself and seek direction.

There is a price to pay to reach your goal. It takes determination and perseverance to get there.

Prayer

I pray that God will grant us the wisdom to deal with the distractions as they come our way. May we receive the grace to put aside every weight and sin that so easily entangles us. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!

If you have read this message and you do not know Christ, I would like to ask you to receive Him as your Lord and personal saviour. He has been made wisdom unto us and it is only through fellowship with Him that you grow in wisdom. If you want to receive Jesus as Your Lord and Saviour, kindly repeat these words after me:

Thank You Father for sending Your Son Jesus to come and die for me so I can be saved. I receive You Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. Please come into my heart and fellowship with me. Amen!

If you have said this prayer with me, congratulations on joining the family of believers. Do find a Bible-believing and Holy Spirit-filled church to fellowship with.

God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International

FOCUS ON THE GOAL

One of the easy parts on the journey to success is receiving an idea or vision. Everyone can have a vision or an assignment,yet not everyone gets the vision actualised nor the assignment done. Not to offend anyone, one distinguishing feature between successful people and ordinary people is FOCUS.

To be focused is to pay attention to something. This means the individual must make a conscious effort to pay attention to what he/she is doing, irrespective of potential distractions. An acronym of focus I found on the Random Vibz says Follow One Course Until Success.

There is a passage of scripture I want to use to illustrate this. It was an encounter between Jesus and His disciples at the very beginning of His ministry.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Mark 1:35 – 39 (NLT)

The preceding verses describes Jesus in Capernaum casting out a demon as He taught on the Sabbath. After sunset, people brought the sick and demon-possessed for Jesus to deliver and heal them, which He graciously did. The next morning, Simon and the others came looking for Jesus as He had his “me-time”, as my wife calls it. They mentioned that everyone was looking for Him. Jesus responded that He did not come to be a Capernaum preacher, but to travel around and proclaim the good news. He could have been content with the congregation he had and made the place His headquarters, but He focused on the purpose He was sent.

This passage gives us some things to do if we have to focus on the goal:

  1. Have a “me-time”. This will help you re-assess how far you have gone with the vision and assignment and also strategise for the future.
  2. Be ready to say NO to other peoples suggestion. If you want to be focused, then you cannot please everyone by accepting all suggestions and comments. You would have to learn to say NO. Steve Jobs once said “Focus does not mean saying yes. It means saying NO.” (Source)
  3. Press on with what you are doing. You cannot focus on the goal and remain at the stagnant. You need to move ahead and get to the next step. If not, you can be de-motivated and eventually give up on the task.

It is my prayer that as we have resolutions and vision for the year 2022, we will not lose track of what we have, but will see to the accomplishment of it. May we all, on the 31st December of this year be filled with gratitude to God and proclaim with confidence like Apostle Paul did that we have fought a good fight and have finished the race.

PRAYER

I thank You Father for the opportunity you have given to us to learn today. We pray that You grant us the grace to keep focused on the assignment you have entrusted unto us. May we walk steadfastly with You as You guide us in Your perfect will. This and many others we ask in the name of Christ Our Lord, AMEN!

If you have read this booster and you do not know this man Jesus we are proclaiming, then this is the opportunity you have to receive Him as your Lord and Savior and establish a relationship with Him. Kindly say these prayers after me.

I thank You Father for sending Your Son Jesus to die for me, a sinner. I confess all my sin and surrender myself unto You. I accept Jesus as my Lord and personal Savior. Come into my heart and fellowship with me! Amen!

If you have said this prayer after me, congratulations for joining the family of believers. Find a Bible-believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. You can contact us for suggestions.

It is a privilege and an honour for us to come your way this year with our spirit boosters. On behalf of the entire team, we want to wish you a blessed new year. God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International

My life is not my own

I woke up this morning to a song that was lingering in my spirit. The song was sung by William McDowell. The video is attached below. As I listened to the song, a question came to mind. What does it mean for you to say your life is not your own?

Various imageries of this phrase come to mind. I would like to use two of what comes to mind to explain the phrase:

a. A servant

Modern-day slave abolition has seen to the end of ruthlessness that was done to people who were bought to serve their masters. Let me apologise if you or any family member was a victim of such incidents. In today’s age, there has been a level of right that has been accorded to those who are being paid to be of service.

When someone is a slave, then the person has no will of his or her own. It simply means whatever decision you make is at the mercy of the Master. Your dreams, aspirations, plans and your deeds are subject to the approval of your Lord. If he refuses, you are not in the position to carry on with what you have in mind.

Paul tells us this in his letter to the Corinthians:

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

Although Paul knew he would be arrested as he gets to Jerusalem, he encouraged the elders in Ephesus that:

24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

Acts 20:24 (NIV)

Was he obliged to go to Jerusalem and be put in prison? Was he obliged to honour God with His body? His reason for dedicating his life was because He knew that He had been bought by God, and as such his life belongs to His master (Galatians 2:20).

b. An agreement

Whenever you have an agreement with someone, for example, a mortgage agreement, there are clearly stipulated guidelines and principles that must be followed. Upon agreeing to the terms of the agreements, you are liable to fulfil the terms of the agreement, any deviation from it constitutes a breach of contract and has its consequences to be faced. Some mortgage agreements can state that you do not own the house fully until your payment for the house is completed. Even though you are legally registered to the house, you can still be evicted if you fail to pay your mortgage.

Likewise, when you signed on to be saved by Christ, you signed an agreement that He should be your Lord. As such, you openly declared that your life is not your own but belongs to Him. As such you were open unto Him for His guidance and leadership over your life. So the prophet Jeremiah noted:

Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;

    it is not for them to direct their steps.

Jeremiah 10:23 (NIV)

Going contrary to that agreement comes with its consequences. Life outside the will of God in Christ is a life of chaos and utter dissatisfaction. You have agreed to give your life to Christ, so your life is not yours.

God bless you and remain a blessing!

Prayer

Thank you Father for being a blessing to us today through your word. I thank you for your teaching today that my life is not my own, but it belongs to you. I pray that you will grant me the grace to continually die to self so that I can glorify you. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen!

StandOut Ministry International

Let everything within me praise the Lord

It has really been a while since I posted a message on my blog. I’m sorry for being away for a while. However, as I had my devotion this morning a message struck me that I want to share with us. I was playing the songs: YAHWEH and JIREH and I began to meditate on Psalm 103 and learnt a few things I would love to share with us all.

Praise the Lord, you angels,
    you mighty ones who carry out his plans,
    listening for each of his commands.Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels
    who serve him and do his will!
Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
    everything in all his kingdom.Let all that I am praise the Lord.

Psalm 103:20-22 (NLT)

The psalmist David in this scripture exhorts us to praise the Lord with everything within us. Then he adds in the last verse of the chapter that “Praise the Lord, everything he has created”. This means that we are to praise the name of the Lord with everything the Lord has given us: gifts, talents, wealth, life, salvation, every body part of ours, etc.

It is not surprising to ask yourself how you can praise God with everything that is within you. Just for a moment, I asked myself a few questions: how do people who are committed to a cause show their dedication to that cause? How do football supporters show their commitment to their teams? They would go to any extent to make sure they give everything they have to support the cause.

David exhorts us to praise God with everything within us. Begin to reflect on all the things that you possess: for each one of them praise God. We should place God in such prominence in our lives that everything we do brings praise to God. Let all that you are praise the Lord because you know that it is God that has made you what you are.

My prayer today is that we spend time to praise God for what He has made us. Let us appreciate God for who He is and His benevolence to us. God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International.

God of Miracles (Part 2)

I would like to introduce today’s post with a personal testimony. A couple of weeks ago, I was in a tight situation, and needed a breakthrough. Running out on options as the deadline approached, I got anxious and impatient, although I waited upon the Lord in prayer and fasting. Regardless of what I had read and the comforting words of the Holy Spirit, another voice kept telling me how impossible what I wanted to get was. Cutting the long story short, God pulled through the last minute, and He did what He alone can do at His own time.

Many stories have been shared about the great and wondrous works of God. Although it may sound mystical or you may perceive it as a myth, God is still in the business of doing miracles. In actual sense, He does it when He wants to do it for you to show forth His Glory. It makes sense if you understand that “God also bore witness both with signs and wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will” (Hebrews 2:4). It took me a while to wrap my head around this, but upon meditating on the scripture, one can see the truth in it. Let me elaborate on this a little with how God delivers the Israelites from the Egyptians:

2. God delivers the Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 14)

God came through to deliver the Israelites with His mighty hand. The details of the delivery brings forth signs and wonders to the whole world, and all the nations were afraid of the Israelites. It is well known of the ten plagues that God sent on the Egyptians. God hardened the heart of Pharoah, so that He could wrought His mighty and wondrous works for the world to see. Through that experience, God performs one sign as He totally delivers them:

“And once again I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord!” So the Israelites camped there as they were told… And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!””
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:4, 17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God opened the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk on bare foot. He was doing that so that His Glory will be seen. He could have done it as soon as the Israelites got to the Red Sea, but He waited. Come to think of it, how would the Egyptians have see His glory through such a wonder? He waited until it seemed the Israelites were trapped and doomed for execution, and then He pulled the strings. All through this episode of events, God had it in His mind to display His Glory.

Never stand in the way of the Glory of God. All things are created and exist for His pleasure and glory. When God performs a miracle for you, its according to His terms and not yours. We feel impatient when we think God should do what we want according to our terms. That’s not how God works. He does what you need at His own terms, so that others will see that He is Sovereign.

Prayer

I thank you Father for the word I have head today. Thank you for assuring me of Your love and commitment to do what I need. I surrender my all unto You and I ask that let Your glory be revealed through my life. Let all men see You through every life´s situations. We thank you Father for an answered prayer. AMEN!

God is just, so He causes rein to fall for both the righteous and the unrighteous. However, God is not just into the miracles He will do for You and the Glory He gets, He is very much interested in having a relationship with you. Yes, the Glory that He wants seen is to make others come into fellowship with Him. The only way to have fellowship with the Father is to come through Christ. If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in Your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then You shall be saved. Today is the hour and time to receive Jesus into your heart and have an eternal place with Him. If you want to do so, say these prayers after me:

Thank you Father for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for me. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Come and live in my heart that I can have fellowship with the Father. AMEN!

If you have said this prayer after me, welcome to the family of believers. Do find a bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International.

God of Miracles (Part 1)

We all need a break for all the struggles we face. There are moments in our life where we feel desperate and are hoping that a miracle comes our way. Not knowing what to do and anticipating the worst, we are most often than not left to the mercies of exhaustion and depression. We have known God for so many things: as being faithful, loving, protecting, amongst many other things. There is one other aspect of God I would like to present to us today: GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES.

  1. Feeding 5000 men with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes (John 6:1-14)

 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

John 6:12-13 (NIV)

People troop out to come and listen to Jesus teach, and possibly benefit from his healing campaign. After spending long hours with Jesus, it was night time and Jesus started preparing for ow to take care of the people. At his disposal was five loaves of bread and two fishes. Giving thanks to God, Jesus broke the bread and gave it to the disciples to distribute it to the people. The five loaves and two fishes were more than enough to feed the five thousand men (excluding women and children).

Some few questions that came in mind as I was thinking about this miracle:

  • Who was baking the bread? And when did they start kneading the dough?
  • Who was baking the bread and which oven was able to bake all these bread the people ate?
  • Who transported the bread to the people, since they were far from the city to buy bread?
  • And the question continues…

We can ask so many questions, but one striking thing is that God is a God of miracle. Your questions about the impossibility of the miracle you expect does not in any way limit the power of God to do that. God is willing and able to exceedingly and abundantly above what you are thinking or imagining. All you need to do is to trust God. It is not your place to know how God will pull through, your place is to trust God to do it for you.

God is still in the business of stepping in the affairs of men and pulling strings to give His children a break. All we need to do is to trust God and wait! God bless you and remain a blessing as you believe God to do what He alone can do.

Prayers

I thank You Father for your word I have received today. Thank You for assuring me that You are the God of miracles. I pray that You will grant me the grace to wait on you to fulfil every good thing You have started in my life. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ my Lord. AMEN!

If you want to have an experience with this God of Miracles, you need to have a relationship with Him. To have a relationship with Him, you need to go through Christ Jesus. For He alone is the way, the truth and the life, and no one goes to the Father except through Him. If you want to go through Christ to the Father, say these words after me:

I thank you Father for reaching out to me. A wretched sinner as I am, You have sent your Son to die for my sins and give me the opportunity to be part of your family. I receive Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. I want to have fellowship with You as You reveal yourself more unto me. AMEN!

If you have said these words, welcome to the family of believers. Find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to be a member of. God bless you for taking this bold step of faith.

StandOut Ministry International.

God of Miracles (Introduction)

After going through a series on pre-requisites for abundance, we will discuss about the God of miracles. God manifests himself in various ways, and undoubtedly He manifests himself as the God of miracles. His every work comes through as miracles unto us. There is no extent to the knowledge of God; He keeps revealing Himself to us. Howbeit, let’s take time to discuss how God reveals Himself as the God of miracles.

This reminds me of a movie I once watched. A young boy found himself on top of a tree, and could not descend. Shouting and crying for help, his father run out to help him out. His father beckoned on him to jump and trust that He will catch him. After contemplating for some few seconds, the young boy thought the distance between his father and him was too far than to trust his father’s suggestion. He then saw a heap of leaves and then decided to jump on it, and he did. Unknown to him, there was a branch of a tree in the heap of leaves. The branch injured his ribs and he almost died.

This story is a reminder that it is God that gives us the abundance. Upon setting ourselves apart for the abundance by discussing the prerequisites of abundance, it is important that we trust God to do what He alone can do (miracles). This is what the Bible says:

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

Don’t fight your way through to get the breakthrough. Trust in the God who has already begun the great work in you. He will accomplish everything that He has started in you. Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer

I thank you Father for Your word that I have heard today. Thank you for sustaining me through all I have been through. I pray that You will grant me the grace to continually trust You through all I go through. This and many other blessing I ask in the name of Christ my Lord. AMEN!!!!

If you do not know this man called Jesus, I would like us to have a chance to invite Him into our lives. He is all that we need to survive and be sustained in His will. If you want to receive Jesus as your Lord and savior, kindly say these prayers after me:

I thank you Father for sending Christ Jesus to die for our sins. I receive Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please come into my heart so we can have fellowship together. Thank You for Your presence in my life. AMEN!

If you have said these words after me, kindly find a bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. May all the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be your portion as you enjoy the company of other believers. God bless you and remain a blessing.

StandOut Ministry International

Prerequisite for abundance (Part 9)

In one point in our lives, we like to chart our own courses. This was the story of a young man who was due for promotion at his workplace. He had been service as an assistant to the plant manager for well over eight years. He really understood the systems of the company, and was very good at running the plant in the absence of the boss. Although due for a promotion, the plant manager did not want to put in the recommendation for his promotion. He would rather the company hires someone else to be the plant manager of their new branch than sent this young man to the next branch and he will miss his assistant. To the boss, assisting him as the assistance was much better than leaving for another place and possibly do better than He is doing now.

9. Set the full ones away

… Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.

2 Kings 4:4

The prophet Elisha asked her to set aside the full jars of oil. This meant that there should be a clear separation between the matured and the empty ones that still needs filling. There are different capacities for these different positions of jars. Understand that the jars came into the room as empty. But over the period, some of them became full whilst others were still empty. The full ones need are those that have reached to the point where there can be set up for greater responsibilities.

This brings about the concept of division of labor and delegation. As a leader, you stand in the position of influence and managing the resources you have. At every point in your leadership, you must clearly entrust those who are matured with some of the responsibilities that you carry. You may have started the leadership journey with them as empty jars, but then as you build them up through teachings and other leadership trainings, they become full. As a parent, when you spend time to nurture your children and train them in the way they should go, they will become full. When they are matured, try to set them aside and utilize them as full jars and not the empty vessels you knew.

To see the abundance you expect to have, then you must learn to allow those you have trained to take up various responsibilities. It may be difficult at the instant, but you need to still set it aside. God richly bless you and remain a blessing.

Prayer

I thank you Father for Your word that I have heard today. I give you all the glory for it is you alone that I worship. I pray that you will grant me the grace to set aside all the full jars in my life and increase my abundance. Thank you Father in the name of Christ our Lord AMEN!

StandOut Ministry International

Prerequisite for abundance (Part 8)

Two friends, John and Bismark, were given an opportunity to travel for their Master’s degree in Computer engineering in a reputable institution. Getting to their institution, John quickly jumped into his books and focused only on his studies; nothing else mattered. The other friend, Bismark, made time for religious activities, social events, attended parties of friends as well as made time for his books. After their two years of study, they both graduated with honors. However, an opportunity was given for a graduate position in a reputable software company. Going through all the various stages of recruitment, Bismark was given the position. When John asked why he was not chosen, he was told that Bismark’s certificate had some transferable skills the company needed of which he did not have. Bismark had utilized all the resources that were available unto him to get the abundance that He wanted.

8. Utilize all the resources

Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.

2 Kings 4:4b (NIV)

The widow was asked by the prophet Elisha to pour the oil into all the jars and when each one is full, she should set it aside. The empty jars were her potential and capacity to get the abundance. As we learnt in the past series, the amount of empty jars she could get determined how much abundance she could get. After getting those jars, irrespective of the number, she should fill all of them with the little oil that she had. She was to make good use of all her resources that were available unto her.

Many of us waste the resources on things that are not very productive. We waste our time, money and other precious resources on things that does not help us achieve the purpose that God has called us into. There are some who are utilizing it for ‘good’ things, like reading, studying, amongst other things. However, they are utilizing it outside the intended purpose that it was meant for. The widow could have been filling the jars with water instead of oil, and that would not have yielded the abundance it was intended for.

Let us avoid wastages in the use of the resources, especially the leftovers from the abundance. When there is scarcity, we are quick to optimize the little that we have. However, when there is abundance, we tend to waste the leftovers. When Jesus fed the 5000 men and 4000 men (both excluding women and children), He always instructed the disciples to collect the leftovers. We need to develop the culture of avoiding wastages and optimise the use of the resources.

Prayer

I thank you very much for the word You have sent to me today. I am grateful for all the resources You have made available unto me. I pray that You will grant me the grace to utilize the resources You have made available unto me. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!

If you have not yet received Christ as your Lord and savior, I want to offer you the opportunity to do so. You may not be able to utilize your resources without Jesus, because He sustains all things by the powerful word of His mouth. Do you want to have a fellowship with Him? Say these words after me:

I thank you Father for sending your Son to die for me. I appreciate the free gift salvation that you offer me. I receive Christ Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. Please come and live through and in me as we fellowship together. In Jesus name I have prayed. AMEN!

If you said these words after me, welcome to the family of believers. Do find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to attend. God bless you and remain a blessing for doing so.

StandOut Ministry International.