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The 1st Nigerian National Printers Conference in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment took place on 27th November 2018  in Abuja.

I congratulate the organisers of the 1st Nigeria National Printers’ Conference for the wisdom to put this significant event together and for considering me worthy to chair it.

The event was themed The Role of Nigeria Printing Industry in Economic Development & Employment Generation.

This inaugural National Printers’ Conference was convened with the aim of taking the necessary steps to create the kind of printing industry we not only desire but require.

The discussions were centered around issues bordering on how to partner with government to formulate policies that will favor the industry and help government achieve some of it’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By the special grace of God, my family runs a printing outfit called ‘Digitalreality Print Limited’ so I am also into the printing business.

Printing touches every facet of life as a means of disseminating knowledge and shaping public opinion.

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Last Thursday (22nd November 2018)  at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a 250-bed Teaching Hospital which my family and I bequeathed to Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.

The idea for this hospital was borne out of love for children, mothers and humanity in general and for the advancement of medical education. The event was the fulfilment of my pledge to build a Children’s hospital when I was appointed Chancellor by the Visitor to the University, His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

However, since the University has been given approval to commence its medical school, my husband and I decided to upgrade our donation of the paediatric hospital to a Full-fledged Ultra-Modern Teaching Hospital.

The Facility when completed will consist of a world class:
• Community Health Unit
• Maternity & Neonatal Medicare
• Research and Diagnostic Laboratories
• State of the art operating Theatres
• Cutting edge Diagnostic Imaging, inclusive of C.T Scan
• M.R.I Scanning Facility
• Ultrasound Scanning Facilities 
• X-ray and Radiotherapy Suites
• Lecture rooms
• Necropsy and 
• Morgue

We must do everything in our capacity to ensure that both children and adults have access to timely and qualitative medical services. It is only a healthy nation that is productive, afterall.

Glory be to GOD.


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…A window of opportunity with Mrs Folorunso Alakija


YEP is the Foundation’s career development and capacity building programme for youths associated with the Rose of Sharon Foundation.

Following my deep desire to see youths succeed, YEP has been expanded in this Year’s edition to include youths from all across the Country.

YEP’s core objective is to motivate and empower Young adults to rise above the obvious socio-economic limitations to building and excelling in their desired field and careers of interest. At the Rose of Sharon Foundation, we firmly believe in the human capacity potential of the Youth and are poised to assist them harness their untapped giftings, skills and talent.

With an exploding global and local Youth population of over 20% and 60% respectively, it is therefore imperative that we continue to strive to enable the young generation navigate through the daunting path of becoming successful so together we can build a nation and continent that is viable and economically globally competitive.

Theme: Young Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century: Bridging the Knowledge Gap

Areas of Focus:
· Leveraging Technology for global competitiveness
· Agriculture/Farming Industry
· Finance Management Skills
· Entertainment & Fashion Industry
· Online Digital Marketing

Host: Mrs Folorunso Alakija

Speakers: 1) Amd Utchay Odims (MABS)

2) Adewumi Oni (FCA)

3) Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha

4) Yusuf Bilamin Moore

5) Conrad Adigwe

6) Jude Oguta

ENTRY: FREE


Method of Registration: Online and Onsite registration

One Week Hands-on Training in Partnership with Mrs Folorunso Alakija Skills Acquisition Centre, Yabatech:
· Farming
· Website Design
· Entertainment & Fashion
· Skills Acquisition; Turning Rubbish into Wealth

You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Tell a friend to tell another!

For more information: Call 07013901147

Visit our website: www.theroseofsharonfoundation.org

Facebook: The Rose of Sharon Foundation

Twitter: ROSFOffcial

Instagram: theroseofsharonfoundation

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU!

#ROSFYEP2018

#ROSF

#ReachOutAndTouch

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“Entrepreneurs create businesses, businesses create jobs and people with jobs make good customers.”

AYEEN was conceived to effectively affect the business space and entrepreneurial minds of young Nigerians. The conception has led to the identification of viable business ideas, start-ups and existing businesses which have been generously aided with funding, business mentorship and training.

Join me and other amazing speakers at the 5th Annual AYEEN(Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria) Convention.

Theme: Entrepreneurial Influence in Economic Development.

Date: Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Venue: Pistis Conference Centre By Elevation, Jakande Bus Stop, Lekki-Epe Express way, Lagos.

Time: 3:00 PM

Visit www.ayeen.ng to register.

Tell a friend to tell another.

See you there!

Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs

#AYEEN2018

 

 
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You must have read and learnt about best practices in business in the past, so I will only dwell on the most important ones, and some of which helped me. However, in doing so, I will focus on the new wave and methods to drive businesses as well as using networking tools.

  • Rebrand: If you have not already considered it, you may want to bring new life into the image of your company by just tweaking a few things that would give it a boost/edge in the marketplace. A more modern re-styled stationery, logo or slogan or a change of colours could achieve this without necessarily expending huge sums of money on it.
  • Restructuring and Marketing methods: Competition has always done things in a certain way and companies just follow suit believing in the very safe methods of obtaining the cheapest, quickest route to a lucrative bottom line. You may need to try the Blue Ocean Strategy which would no doubt require more risks but bold steps bring bigger revenue.
  • First Impressions: The way you appear speaks volumes not only about your person but also, about your company. Wearing the wrong clothes at the right time could portray you and your company in bad light, no matter how knowledgeable you may be.

  • A firm handshake and eye contact are considered to portray confidence. The ability to hold intelligent conversation and be professional make room for a lasting positive impression.

  • Be a good Listener: Communication is a two-way method of conversation and should not be overbearing or one sided. So, develop good listening skills. A British bank used to refer to itself as “the listening bank” and the slogan actually endeared the public towards it.

  • Target Your Audience: As you try to network, decide on who your audience should be and consider how you can leverage on opportunities they can bring to the table or how they could be useful in opening new frontiers for your line of business. Make the right moves, introductions and invitations for cocktails or entertainment to break any ice. Don’t ever part without leaving informative materials with your new contacts. However, a quick follow-up by email confirms seriousness of purpose.

Every social, family, religious, sports, or gender related event is an opportunity to network, meet new people and get friends to link you.  Take it, use it and develop it.

Networking: using social media sites like Facebook, linkedin, twitter, instagram etc.  Do something new and post it on all these sites.  You may want to begin with a well structured and informative website.  The reality of the moment is such that if you are not connected via the Internet the world will pass you by.

  • Be Selective: Decide on your purpose and plan towards it. Choose the appropriate events you should attend that will enhance your vision and the social media where you need to have a presence.  Careful planning brings awesome results.  For instance, I have set up a committee to evaluate my invitations, and determine those that fall in line with my calling and vision and fit them into my itinerary.

  • Don’t Discriminate: By all means, never look down on anyone and don’t judge a book by its cover or you can make very serious mistakes or get a rude shock.  One woman who shocked the entire world had entered into a singing contest called Britain’s Got Talent. She looked unexciting and rather drab in her dressing and her overall appearance and age was certainly not on her side, But, the minute she opened her mouth to sing, the entire audience watching via television from all over the world, got the biggest shock of their lives. She gave them all what I would refer to as “a wakeup call” as if she was saying: “I can do this and you don’t have a choice but to reckon with me and judge me by my content and not my looks. Her name is Susan Boyle and she finished in second place that night, had over 12,000 u-tube hits within minutes, but her winning song became the title of her debut album which became UK’s best selling debut album of all time.  Within 9 days, videos of her had been watched over one hundred million times. From then on, her life changed.  She has received huge publicity, been invited to take part in many very important programmes, met with the high and mighty in the world and told her own story which I believe must be inspiring others within and outside her industry.

  • Round Pegs in Round holes: When we fail to carefully select our staff for certain positions but do so from our emotions, empathy or because it’s a relation, the company’s bottom-line could be seriously affected. Ignorance and wrong attitudes are bred and in-efficiency and chain breaks set the company back. The constant struggle to move the company forward can certainly do without unnecessary distractions.
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“Champions are made and not born. Champion’s feat are acquired and not inherited, earned and not transferred, attained and not deposited” – Ikechukwu Joseph (a notable song writer, poet and author)

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson (an American poet, philosopher and journalist)

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF HOW WE TURN OUT IS NOT THAT OF OUR PARENTS, SOCIETY, GOVERNMENT OR EVEN GOD, BUT IT LIES SOLELY WITH US AND BY THAT, I MEAN YOU AND I.

SO, HOW DO WE MAXIMISE OUR LIFE?

I will share a few things I believe will help you strive to lead a totally impactful, happy and fulfilled life.

  1. Make God and His word your number one Priority
  2. Develop a picture of what you want to achieve
  3. Build your life with positive confessions and affirmations
  4. Never Stop Learning
  5. Consistently stay focused towards your goal/ Avoid discouragement agents and distractions
  6. Say ‘NO’ more frequently/ learn to delegate
  7. Build Strong Synergies OR Alliances
  8. Enjoy your life
  9. Believe in Yourself and your dreams
  10. Be a blessing to your world


I leave you with these words attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta,

Life is a game, play it; Life is a challenge, meet it; Life is an opportunity, capture it”. 

God bless you and thank you for reading.

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Prior to the 1970’s, marriage was held with much sanctity, and divorce was not such a common term as it currently is nowadays. Infact, it was a taboo to even contemplate divorce as a christian, but we now see more and more christian couples head for the court to put asunder what God has joined together.

  1. Why is this so rampant nowadays? We will discuss two main reasons:

A1. Lack of submission of Wives to their Husbands

Ephesians 5:22-24 says,

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 

 

23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 

 

24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

 

  • God knows that He created the man with an ego bigger than that of a woman
  • Meaning of Ego: a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.
  • You cannot wish it away, force it out of the man, reject it, fight it, remove it, nullify it, destroy it, cancel it, so you have to live with it.

 

  • Lack of submission cannot work favourably with an ego that is there to stay. So, the solution is to submit to the ego.
  • For example, a man without a healthy ego will become a parasite, he will not be ashamed to eat the food his wife cooked with her money and he may even complain that the meat is small.

There are some women who disrespect their spouses for various reasons:

  • They earn more than their husbands
  • They are from a wealthier/richer background
  • They are more exposed or educated than their husbands
  • They are older than their spouses
  • They are more popular or famous than their husbands
  • They are more physically endowed than their spouses
  • They have become the breadwinner
  • The husband has an inferiority complex
  • He is lazy

Such women try to seek equal rights with their husbands and if they don’t have their way, are very quick to get out of the relationship.

Let me speak to the married women in the house and the single women who are trusting God to get married.

As a woman you need to realise that your husband was not made for you, rather you were made for your husband.

Genesis 2:18 says,

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

God favoured Adam by creating a wife for him, obviously considering it a good thing for a man to have a wife, a partner and a companion.

To the married women here I want you to answer these questions,

Does your husband consider you a good thing?

Does he regard you as a blessing in life?

 Does he thank God every day for giving him a helper in you?

If not, have you asked yourself why that is so?

Let’s look at possible answers, a major one of which is,

 

ARE YOU IN SUBMISSION TO HIM?

FIRSTLY: I would like to disabuse your mind by asking how many women consider submission to mean allowing your husband to use you like his door mat, take you for granted or even for a fool. ON THE CONTRARY! No man or woman should ever think so!

My definition of submission which has worked for me in my 42-year-old marriage is to “cooperate willingly with someone out of respect for God and for that person”.

What are the practical ways to show submission to your husband?

Make the home comfortable for him to come to Serve him the delicious meals he loves, whilst being creative and innovative 

Encourage him, his dreams and aspirations

Don’t be a nagging woman 

 Don’t remind him of his failures

Celebrate your husband in private and especially in public

Practice the art of giving 

Be his audience and his best cheer giver 

Honour him and treat him respectfully both privately and publicly

Give him a pet name as a mark of respect (not olori buruku)

Praise him for all he is doing in the home

By doing these and more, there is no way that your husband will not consider you as a jewel of inestimable value.

 

A2. The second reason why more marriages are heading for the rocks is, when husbands do not show love at all or they practice conditional love with their wives instead of the unconditional love Christ preaches to His representatives in the home.

Ephesians 5:25-29 says,

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her

 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word

 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 

28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 

 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

So how does God expect a man to love his wife in practical terms according to Ephesians 5:25-29?

  • According to verse 29, no marriage can succeed if the man is not constantly nourishing his wife. To nourish means to consistently provide ingredients for something to grow and flourish. Since the two are one, as he is doing so, he is doing it for himself.
  • The husband must love sacrificially like Jesus did and if need be, give his life for her.
  • He must be willing to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of his wife.
  • He must put the needs of his wife and his family before his own personal needs
  • He must care for her and see to her wellbeing. He should ensure that he does his best to improve her and work on her to make her what he wants her to be.
  • He must cherish her and esteem her above all others (that is not a license to have a string of girlfriends)He must always give her the BEST he can afford at every point in time to make her happy

To all the husbands in the house, I want you to answer the following questions.

As a husband,

Do you treat her like the queen of your heart by being committed to her alone?

Do you provide for her and the family?

Do you protect her from every type of assault, physical, emotional or otherwise? 

Do you transcend the love of Christ as His representative in your home?

 Do you allow her to express her opinion or are you a DICTATOR?

When your wife and someone else have an issue, do you defend your wife or do you agree with your wife’s opponent?

Do you shower her with gifts to show your appreciation of her efforts in taking care of you, the home and the children?

Do you celebrate her publicly? (online, radio, taking her out)

Are you her biggest cheerleader, or her biggest critic?

Do you hug her, kiss her or hold her hands?

If the answers to the above is yes, your wife will voluntarily submit to you in ways that you cannot imagine,  just like the woman in that movie.

 

  1. So, how do you build a solid foundation for your home?

Again just as we saw in the movie, demonstrating the love of God would require you to key into Icorinthians 13:4-7,

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up

 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil

 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth

 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

These can be summarised in the following practical ways

Show kindness to your spouse – look out for opportunities and ways to do nice things for them. e.g. help her out with the cleaning of the house when she is tired.

– Take care of the children so she can rest during weekends.

– Take your spouse out to the movies

  • Do not envy your spouse – even if they are doing better than you, realise that the two of you are one. The success of one is the success of the other. Be the first to celebrate them and their achievements, don’t pull them down.
  • Don’t be puffed up with pride – Don’t use abusive words on your spouse, don’t make them feel insecure even if you are the one providing everything. Do not make them feel indebted to you for some of the roles they play in the home.
  • Do not be an absentee husband
  • Do not be a spendthrift wife (Aso ebi)
  • Do not behave rudely to your spouse, speak gently and lovingly without being abrasive or aggressive towards them. Do not throw verbal bombshells at them that will pierce their soul and sow seeds of bitterness in their hearts
  • Do not compare & contrast your spouse with others
  • Don’t insist on your way or the highway. Sometimes it is good to concede for peace to reign in the home even when you are really not at fault
  • Learn to communicate and at the right time.
  • Take charge of your emotions and don’t let them rule you.
  • Do not wish your spouse evil even when you believe they have treated you unfairly. Do not pray for them to have an accident because they don’t allow you to drive it.
  • Do not wish that they lose their job just because you think that will humble them.
  • Do not be quick to throw in the towel when things are tough and difficult. Tough times don’t last, its only tough people that do.
  • Believe that together you will surmount all your challenges and your marriage will stand the test of time.

 

 In conclusion

Some couples want to model their marriages after western cultures and traditions without remembering they live in a different environment from what they see in the movies. They compare their marriages with those they meet on social media and try to pattern their lives after such. They begin to compare their spouses and conditions to those they come across on these platforms and this causes strains in their marriages.

The word of God should be our standard and if we obey His word and practice unconditional love with our spouses; our homes will become heaven on earth. Challenges will come, but as you work together as a team, you will overcome.

Prayer

 

  • I pray for everyone under the sound of my voice whose homes are under siege, I command peace be still

 

  • You shall enjoy and not endure your marriage

 

  • The Lord will bless your homes

 

  • Your marriage will get better with age

 

  • Your home will be a place of refuge

 

  • Your marriage will stand the test of time

 

  • No weapon formed against your marriage and children will prosper

 

  • Your marriage will give God glory all the days of your life

 

  • You will not lack anything good

 

  • You shall be fruitful and multiply

 

  • God will give you grace to always apply wisdom

 

  • In togetherness you will excel and prosper

 

  • The Lord will enlarge your coast

 

  • Grace for peace will not elude you

 

  • The eyes and hand of the Lord be upon your home IJN
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Jeremiah 1 v 5 says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I sanctified you. I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 

 

  • Did He not send each of us to the world to do the work of His kingdom? He knows us all and sent us all. He has covenants with us all. It is that same covenant He has with you that has kept you till this day, because had it not been for Him, you would have been consumed.  It is because of that same covenant that you are enjoying His grace till now.

 

  • Begin to thank God now for bringing you into this world, for being faithful to you even in your unfaithfulness, for the unmerited favour you have been enjoying, for his leading even when you were not looking or paying him any attention, for his mercy upon you on a daily basis despite your filthy rags before him. Thank you Father, for IJN, we have prayed.

 
We all have every reason to thank the Lord for bringing us from where we were before, to where we are now. I pray you will not remain the same after today, the Lord himself will catapult you into your destiny IJN.

 

  • The bible says in Isaiah 43 v 18 and 19:

“Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old;

Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth;

Shall you not know it; I will even make a road in the wilderness,

And rivers in the desert”.

 

HE WILL TAKE YOU FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE TO EXPERIENCE A TOTAL UPGRADE.

 

  • It was that same God who took David from the field as a shepherd boy to become the King of a nation;

 

  • The same God took a young Jewish girl to become Queen of a Pagan country.

 

  • It was the same God who took condemned baby Moses to become Commander of the Israelites;

 

 The same Almighty God transformed a most hated brother to the most honored brother who suffered from prisoner to become Prime Minister. Joseph was his name.

 

  • The same God has touched my life and I too have become a Joseph of sort, where I now find myself.

 

  • I am amazed about the awesome power of God, how He led me through the wilderness like the children of Israel who spent 40 years before getting to the Promised Land, because I did not give my life to Christ till I was 40.

 

  • The God who did it for me can and will do it for you too IJN, amen.

 

 WHO IS FOLORUNSO ALAKIJA: 

Chorus: (Today O! I lift up my voice in praise…)

 

*I am an over comer  (because the bible tells me in Rev 12 v 11 “And they overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony)

*I am a Daughter of Zion

*I am a workaholic

* I have the spirit of excellence

*I don’t take no for an answer

*I am a submissive, loving, and caring wife

*A doting mother and grandmother

*I have a passion for fashion

*I’m an author of books

*A marriage counsellor

*I am a business woman and

*A philanthropist.

 

  • Yet, He has not finished with me, He has brought me higher but I am here for a TOTAL UPGRADE.

 

  • Are you ready for a TOTAL UPGRADE? Then

 

Pray to God that you will not leave here the way you came, that He must not pass you bye, that He should take you to the next level of glory, promote you in your finances, give you a blissful marriage, and answers to all the desires of your heart IJN, amen.

 

  • I come from a polygamous Muslim home, 8 wives, 46 children and we the children are all still very close.
  • When I was 7, my father decided to send the 6 year old daughter of a favored wife abroad. God in His covenant for my life made him chose me to accompany her.

 

  • I passed every exam I ever took and had to return to Nigeria at the age of 11 even though I was offered a scholarship I was not allowed to take advantage of.

 

  • I ended up at a school in Sagamu as it seemed as if our destinies had been tied together by man.
  • Prayer: Pray that your destiny will not be delayed, denied, devoured or destroyed IJN, amen.

 

  • God requires us to be obedient to our parents, an attribute I imbibed from my youth.

 

  • He says it shall be well with us when we honor and obey them. On one of such occasions:

 

  • Story of the letter I stuck in my dad’s mouth.

 

  • As I grew older, God’s covenant for my life did not falter, though I did not know at the time
  • When it came to choosing a career, my father’s insistence on my studying to be a secretary instead of earning a law degree chartered and shaped my destiny. Reluctantly but obediently, I obeyed and left for England the second time.

 

  • I consciously made every effort to live a holy and straightforward life, not cheating, stealing or lying, just as we had been brought up, except for the usual pranks children play.

 

  • My mother taught me to work hard, always to multi-task and prepared me for home-building.

 

  • I had always known while living abroad that my life partner was overseas. We did meet within a fortnight of my relocation to Nigeria in Dec 1972 and have not left each other’s side ever since. My dashing young lawyer at the time is still dashing even at almost 70 and I continue to submit to him at almost 62.

 

  • This grace could only have been God as we have had a lot in common. As children we both had challenges with their family set ups so, we found solace in one another and vowed to stick together, God helping us. Neither of us wants step mothers for our children and have therefore been very close with our children and each other. God has been faithful.

 

  • I had been working as a secretary before joining a new merchant bank and held several positions for almost 12 years. The last lap of my stay was in the Treasury Dept after an in-house banking course of 11 seasoned bankers, some of whom had MBA degrees. I passed the exam and came 5th at the end of the course though I never went to university, to the glory of God. God’s covenant was still in order. I decided to leave the bank when university degree holders who were new staff were placed above me and I had to be reporting to them despite the fact that we were rendering exactly the same services. Little did I know that the Lord of my life, whom I had not yet known, was the master minder and controller. This was the TURNING POINT in my life.
  • Apparently, God had allowed me to go through this wilderness experience to prepare me for my future!

Prayer: I pray that you will recognize the move of the God who is never late when He shows up to chart your destiny IJN.

 

Prayer:

  • Is there anything too hard for Him? He who did it for me shall do it for you too IJN, amen.

 

  • I discovered my talent for creativity and pursued it. I left for England again, this time to study fashion design. Armed with a distinction at the end of my course, I returned to Nigeria to set up my fashion label, Supreme Stitches which was to be promoted and advertised by God Himself. I won the most coveted national fashion competition within 3 weeks of the launch and became The Designer of the Year 1986/87. This catapulted me to fame and fortune at home and abroad. I made new contacts and got contracts; there were open doors and it was obvious that my covenant keeping God was at work again, putting His plans in place to UPGRADE me.
  • Along the line, about four years later, God used a family friend to steer us towards the oil industry which we knew nothing about at the time. Although the business fell through we did not give up.

 

  • AT THIS POINT, ANOTHER TURNING POINT, I GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST AND ENTERED INTO A COVENANT WITH HIM. I promised to serve Him all my life if He did not fail me. God moves in mysterious ways, His Extraordinary Wonders to perform. We got an oil mining license after three harrowing wilderness experience years. In the process and in the bid of some people to rubbish the allocation, my husband has been referred to as a driver and I a hairdresser. They obviously needed deliverance.

 

  • Looking back, God has been dealing with all those whom Satan used to try to block God’s covenant. Some have left this world while others have either been sacked, transferred or retired.

 

  • Prayer: The bible says when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise a standard against him.

 

  • Say to your neighbor: Every destiny destroyer, depart from me now IJN amen.

 

  • Four years later, Satan raised his ugly head again, and this time, the government “took” 50% of our shares and left us with 10%. The Lord fought on our behalf and we won after 12 years in court to the shame of the devil, to our victory and to the glory of God.

 

  • When Jesus says “Yes”, nobody can say “No”.

 

  • In the time being, God has led me through visions and prophecies to author three books, set up a ministry which He is using to restore the lost glory of His children, and a foundation. The books are all available for sale at this venue.  The proceeds are donated to the Rose of Sharon Foundation for the empowerment of widows and scholarships for their children and the orphans to university level; that same university level I never attained. To God be the glory for His UPGRADE in my life.

 

 

  • Testimony re: orthodox/Pentecostal churches.

 

  • God has His plans and no man on earth can stop His move. God is always faithful, the only covenant keeper I have ever known.
  • Let us pray:

I, (mention your name), am a citizen of heaven, I am a success, a victor and I am more than a conqueror. I am the apple of God’s eye, a unique person and of a holy nation. It is well with me in my going out and my coming in. I am blessed with the blessings of the Lord. I shall not die but live to proclaim the glory of God in my life. I shall shine brighter and brighter every day. I am God’s temple and I have the mind of Christ. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.

  • I claim the releasing of my finances and all resources that belong to me. Everything prepared for me before I was formed in my mother’s womb and before the foundation of the world, that pertain to my life, my calling, my family and my ministry comes to me now. I reject all substitutes. I call in resources from the North, the South, the East and the West. Therefore, I will not and cannot be denied of what rightfully belongs to me. The Lord will and has taken me to a new level, and we should all be expectant for a TOTAL UPGRADE TODAY and it shall be permanent. I declare that I am a blood bought, totally forgiven, absolutely redeemed, heaven bound child of God, in the mighty name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, IJN, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I do know that we have a common goal:

 

  • – TO BE FINANCIALLY FREE!

KEY Questions

  • Do you and your spouse quarrel over money all the time?
  • Are you on the verge of packing up your marriage because of funds?
  • Are you trying to change your car and having difficulty?
  • Are you poor in health and unable to pay your medical bills or even purchase medicine?
  • Are you living with your friends because the landlord has thrown out your bags and baggages?
  • Are you now sleeping in an uncompleted building?
  • Have you had to pawn your belongings to provide for your family?
  • Or on compulsory fasting, with no hope of where the next meal will come from?
  • Have you been selling your body or your children for money?
  • Have you been looking for money in the wrong places by employing the help of ‘babalawos’/false prophets/native doctors?
  • Have your children been sent out of school because of none payment of school fees?
  • Have you been unable to service your bank loans or honour your obligation to your esu-su partners?
  • Has your business failed and you now have nowhere to turn?
  • Has the recent drop in oil prices changed your life and the future suddenly seems bleak?
  • Have you now decided to join a cult?

Others may say it is not the end of the world but the children of God say:

 JESUS IS ALIVE – HALLELUYAH!

SO, AS WE LIVE BY FAITH, THE BEST IS YET TO COME

 

PRAYERS

  • I pray we have an awesome time in God’s glorious presence and that we all leave here today free from financial burdens/debt IJN
  • On Mount Zion, there shall be deliverance and there shall be holiness, and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions, and so shall all your children before you here today IJN
  • And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • Your anointing breaks the yoke, therefore every burden of lack is broken IJN

Interactive Session

We need to find solutions to some of the situations I enumerated earlier. These are issues many are going through, often times in silence and even in pretence as if all is well. But right now, we are going to be very practical and factual with one another.

Any unction without action leads to failure and frustration

 

James 2.20

The bible says faith without action is dead.

 So, let’s have some action:

 

Let us do some networking. You have had financial challenges in the past, but to the glory of God, you have been able to scale through by solving them. Others are still going through different types of financial challenges. Now, please get up to interact with someone else to learn from one another within five minutes. Nobody needs your name, just go straight to the point.

Now let’s do this:

Done!   Done!    Done!

How many had their problems solved in the past and just shared it with others?

 How many now have new insight and are going to try out that method?

 

So, let us look at the keys for this financial freedom:

 

 

FAITH

Hebrews 11:1-3

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3

  • If we key into the death of Jesus on the cross and just believe BY FAITH, then receiving becomes much easier
  • We need to believe that with God all things are possible
    • Your faith shall not fail you
    • God will change your trials to testimonies
    • Your mockeries to miracles and
    • move you from shame to fame,
    • and from poverty to prosperity in Jesus Mighty name

 

Determination/Focus/Diligence

Get the vision for your life and be focused in achieving it

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

 

I returned and saw under the sun that— The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.
For man also does not know his time:  

 

As the saying goes in Yoruba, KIRA KITA O DOLA – it is not the amount of energy you put in that brings the finances BUT GOD gives the power to get wealth.

 

 Receive it in Jesus name.

 

 

Pursue Excellence

 

Prov 22:29

Do you see a man who excels in his work?

He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.

 

When, like our God of Excellence, only the best will do in your agenda, you begin to see the results. Rome was not built in a day and everything takes diligence, persistence, discipline, and hard work.

 

My late mother was the one who taught me that it is poverty that kills, and not hard work. I believed her and made it one of my mantras.

 

Pursue great attention to detail because it gives rise to perfection. It is said that practice makes perfect. Find out your ability, build on it and go over it again and again. Take cognizance of areas others would have overlooked, everything counts and must not be ignored, it may be the key. So, practice with your potential.

 

Also, learn to finish with one assignment before going on to the next. Our God is a God of order.

 

Honour and Love God

 

Is 61:7

Instead of your shame you shall have double honour

And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double;

Everlasting joy shall be their portion.

 

Honour the Lord,

Love Him from your heart,

Praise Him at all times,

Celebrate Him

Rejoice before Him with gratitude in your heart

Sing and dance before Him with gladness

Magnify Him forever

 

It is not the amount of prayers that you say to God that moves Him as much as your love for Him, your relationship with Him and your gratitude to Him.

 

Where there is love there is giving

It was because of God’s love for us that He gave Jesus for our lives

It was because of Abraham’s love for God that he was willing to give Isaac to the Lord as a sacrifice

It is because our spouses love us that we get gifts from them

 

So, as you honour and love God, He will give you your heart’s desires IJN

 

 

Adopt the Spirit of Thanksgiving

 

Acts 16:25-26

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly  there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

 

The power of praise supersedes the power of prayer because our praise goes to God as a sweet smelling savour every time.

 

Therefore, when you sing to the Lord, prison doors will open for you

You will come out of financial problems

You will come out of every form of bondage

Every evil door closed against your finances is broken

Every door bringing lack and poverty is smashed to pieces NOW IJN

 

The Power of Giving

AMANDA

Plse look for scripture that says: Give and it will come back to you pressed down shaken together and running over,  etc. Quote here

 

sing

 

Prov 11:24-25

There is one who scatters, yet increases more;

And there is one who withholds more than is right,

 but it leads to poverty

The generous soul will be made rich

And he who waters will also be watered himself

 

Learn to give for the things of God by faith, even in the place of apparent lack.

 

God honours the desires of our hearts to glorify himself.

 

Your giving and your thanksgiving shall never fail you

 

Continue to give Him, givers never lac

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He makes a way where there seems to be no way

 

(Sing: God will make a way, where there seems to be no way,

Quote plese…………………………

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Pay Your Tithes

 

Malachi 3:10-11

 

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,

That there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this”, says the Lord of Hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field”

 

If we believe all wealth flows from the loving provision of God, our role is to be sensible, faithful stewards as caretakers of God’s assets.

 

 

His promises are ye and amen.

 

God is not to be mocked, nor is He a man that He should lie,

But every word that goes out of His mouth shall not go back to him void.

 

When you tithe a minimum of10% of your income or your profit, you are sowing seeds out of poverty

You are delivering yourself out of the camp of the devourer

 

Your business will not fail

Your children will not die

There shall be no barrenness in your camp

You shall be fruitful and multiply

The hand of God shall be upon you and yours IJN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom

Prov 24:3

Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

 

From now on I open my eyes to your leading

I open my heart and my mind to receive it

Holy Spirit, I open my hands to lay hold of my portion

And my mouth shall testify of it IJN

 

  • Story of Joseph – Genesis 39:7-10
  • Joseph’s story is a roller-coaster ride from
  • favorite son to
  • slave to master of the house to
  • prisoner to

 Prime Minister of Egypt

 

  • It is both amazing and inspiring.
  • The bible says in

 

Genesis 39:7-10

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”

But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.

 

Joseph’s story is a roller-coaster ride from

 favorite son to

slave to master of the house to

prisoner to

 Prime Minister of Egypt

 

It is both amazing and inspiring.

The bible says in

 

Romans 8:28

All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

 

Joseph loved God and was called for God’s purpose.

Have you discovered your purpose in life? He has created us individually for a purpose. If you do not yet know, seek His face to find out.

 

Say:

 Father, minister to me that I may know what you created me for.

 

I pray that I will not leave this sinful world without fulfilling my purpose IJN Amen

 

Joseph concluded with his brothers in:

 

 

 

 Genesis 50:20  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

  • What an inspiring example of God at work in the affairs of men to accomplish His ultimate purposes! Joseph’s story can be looked at from a financial angle.

 

  • The turning point of Joseph’s experience in Egypt occurred when he interpreted a pair of dreams for Pharaoh. He realized that Egypt would soon experience seven years of abundance, followed by seven years of famine.

 

  • Nigeria also experienced years of abundance at different stages. We should have learnt from the 2008 sharp drop in oil prices then by saving for a rainy day and not be caught up in another slide that we are experiencing now.

 

  • Joseph was put in charge of the preparations during the years of plenty, so the people could survive the coming years of famine.

 

  • I wonder if Nigeria is facing similar ‘years of plenty and years of famine’? After all we found oil 5 years after I was born and I am almost 64 years old.
  • Maybe we should borrow a leaf from Joseph’s divine wisdom and apply it to our economic challenges both individually and nationally.
  • Let’s consider some statistics:
  • In 2012, The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa said Nigeria’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP) was put at $509.9 billion as against South Africa’s $353 billion.

 

  • In the 24 years since the last GDP was estimated, there has been spectacular growth in a number of sectors including the telecoms sector.

 

  • Then there were only about 300,000 phone lines owned solely by Nitel, compared to about 120 million phone lines now owned by a few operators.

 

  • Our flour milling capacity alone ranks among the largest in the world and all the products are sold and consumed within Nigeria.

 

Then Nollywood did not exist but is now ranked as, the world’s third largest producer of films in the world after the United States’ Hollywood and India’s Bollywood.

 

  • Twenty-four years ago, we didn’t have the size of the banks we have today and the size of financial services on offer

 

  • YET! The UN claims that there are at least 70 per cent of Nigerians who are desperately poor.

 

  • Nigeria remains a country of paradoxes.

 

  • It is not just Africa’s largest oil producer which also imports refined oil products, but is Africa’s largest economy with the highest incidence of poverty.

 

  • With a population of approximately 174 million people, 122 million live in abject poverty, using the acceptable extreme poverty line of $1.25 a day.

 

Some lessons learnt are:

  • Move from a nation of consumers to producers
  • Work diligently to be debt-free,
    • Invest for the future and
    • Diversify broadly.

 

  • Joseph wisely saved 20% of the harvested grain, and was able to save not only Egypt during the famine, but the surrounding nations as well.

 

  • That should be our goal—to be faithful stewards now while times are good, in preparation for any future depression.

 

  • God uses any situation to get our attention.

 

  • I too have a story to share on how I found financial freedom using some of the principles I have shared with you. I believe that hearing individual stories help people to grasp the teaching – Oil Story

 

MY STORY

  • God’s preparation for license: (met friend on board)
  • Refused no for an answer – Dared to dream BIG

(Applied for license) – Delay is not denial

  • Drought in the wilderness
  • Searching for God/ Covenant
  • Change of Ministers/Fasting
  • After license – No technical partners/STATOIL
  • No bribe
  • Do you know Mr Texaco? – God took care of him
  • No form of compromise in the process to obtain the license/refused to sell license and the rest is history

 

MARRIAGE:  Finding financial freedom is about choosing the right spouse.

(ARE THERE ANY MEN IN THE HOUSE – SHOUT HALLELUYAH)

 

He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22    

 

  • BUT, If you have a spouse with very high taste, there is every tendency you will live beyond your means and run into financial problems. Pick a wife with wisdom!

 

(WOMEN – PRAISE THE LORD)

  • DON’T LET LOVE RULE YOUR HEADS – PRAY and ask God for WISDOM

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

 

  • DON’T fall in love with good looks and charms – ‘MAN ABOUT TOWN’ but irresponsible and you end up shouldering all the financial responsibilities of the family
    • To put it another way, you should not wait until you’re madly in love and committed before finding out your future husband is a gambler or hugely in debt
    • Talk about everything – don’t be scared to discuss both your finances
    • Experts say arguments about money are aleading cause of divorce – It’s not children, sex, in-laws or anything else. It’s money for both men and women
  • The first step toward building a solid foundation around money in your marriage is to be honest and openly discuss all financial matters including your
    • experiences, hopes, and fears, (such as how did your parents manage money)
  • as well, to see whether you have common values, such as savings and investments

 

Shine your eyes – all that glitters is not gold!

 

  • Looking for a spouse – jot down what you want in a man or woman
  • Take it to the Lord in prayer
  • Wait for the answer; God will bring the right Mr. or Mrs. Right for your destiny, DO not settle for less than God has for you and you will live happily ever after

 

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3

 

  • Better to end a bad relationship than a bad marriage
  • Divorce is not an option, prayerfully find a way to make it work.

 

  • By the grace of God – been married for almost 40 years to a dashing young lawyer (Mr. Modupe Alakija)
  • Blessed with 4 sons and grand children

 

DON’TS

 

  1. Live beyond your means (‘cut your coat according to your size’, keeping up with the Joneses’)
    1. Curb your excesses – drinking, womanizing, waste of resources :

 

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:21

 

  1. Getting caught up in GET RICH QUICK SYNDROME/SCAMS – in Nigeria we say Beware of 419

 

 

DO’s

Take a course on financial management (be prudent)

  1. Talk to a financial planner
  2. Do a weekly, monthly budgets
  3. Stay within your budget (you don’t always have to take aso-ebi, don’t always eat out, save by packing food from home), find ways to save money
  4. Fast & Pray (save the money for the money on lunches at work and see what that comes to each week); over a period it can be substantial

 

 

LEARN FROM OTHERS/INTERNET/BOOKS

Tips from people who have found financial freedom  :

 

  1. LEARNING FROM MISTAKES & DON’T GIVE UP – Failure is a good thing – Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman – Etisalat

Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, made several attempts before succeeding in inventing the light bulb.

Learn and improve on your mistakes.

 

If I had given up, I wouldn’t be here today speaking to you

(Remember the oil license story I told earlier)

 

  1. VISION – A vision on its own is not enough. Hard work & dedication is required to make that vision a reality – Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwe founder and chairman of global telecommunications group Econet Wireless.

 

Though hard work and dedication have their place, we know as CHRISTIANS that it is all about GOD’S AMAZING GRACE!

 

  1. UPGRADE – BE THE BEST – In whatever you do, strive to be the best at it – Aliko Dangote’s empire has become a world class phenomenon

(Fashion House Story – I went back to school to learn fashion design at the age of 34 before opening Supreme Stitches which later became Rose of Sharon House of Fashion)

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit (Passion for Business – started small – trading in different commodities from time to time, was willing to work hard, built on values of hard work and resilience imbibed as a young girl, helping my mother in her business)

 

Ikorodu/Ijebu heritage – famous and successful business men and women in various industries)

 

  1. SUCCESSION PLAN/NEXT GENERATION – In business you have to know when to retire, before someone knocks you out.” – Lauritz (Laurie) Dippenaar, South African built a financial services empire.

 

Build lasting legacies

The biblical frame of reference for finances is that God is the source of all our gain.

 

1 Chronicles 29 :12

 

“Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all”.

 

Total freedom takes its source and root from Jesus


Financial freedom from God’s standpoint is not limited to currency – But a TOTAL PACKAGE – spiritual, physical, financial, moral, marital (happy home), relationship, etc. the ability to experience and enjoy God’s blessings.

It is Satan that puts people in bondage, but the truth sets them free.

John 8:31-36

………Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

God is not opposed to personal monetary wealth. Many prominent bible characters were quite well-to-do, including Abraham, Job, Joseph, and Solomon. But God is concerned that we view riches from His perspective.

 

God Is Our Sole Source of Blessing

Without God, we are unable to amass wealth. While our labor, diligence, planning and wisdom are vital, God remains the sole source of blessing. He is the fountainhead of life, health, food, sun, and all other necessary elements for prosperity. As Creator, all of life is His gift. He is the Prime Giver.

James 1:17

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

  • God gives it all and God owns it all.

Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine – Proverbs 3:9-10

  • He designates us as caretakers of His assets.
  • Our spending and investments then become extensions of His will. Following the careful guidelines of Scripture, we can wisely manage God’s riches.
    • Learn to Save/Invest : in stocks, shares and insurance (e.g. educational insurance for children’s education, dead or alive – plan for the future, save for the rainy day)
    • Joseph taught about saving during the years of famine and plenty (Genesis 47:13-27) Principles of living debt free
  • What matters is not how much we possess, but how we use what we are entrusted with.
  • The biblically wealthy individual may be rich or poor according to the world’s standards. Regardless, he or she knows that wealth is not measured by Naira, pounds or dollars. God is the source of all riches, and we are called to the noble task of managing God’s gracious gifts. We are His resource centres, His managers or His distributors.

 

Deutronomy 8: 17-18

 

…..then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY/RESPONSIBILITY

We must be accountable to God first, our spouse and family and conduct businesses with honesty and integrity

We must be born again

God can and will change your story (1 Chronicles 4:10 – the story of Jabez)

Integrity

  • No compromise, cutting corners or taking short cuts

 

 

ABIOLA, where is the rest?

 

My Guiding Principles

 

PRAYER – MY PASSION

 

  • I take everything to God first in prayer (each day begins very every with prayer time and throughout the day)
  • RoSGMI

 

 

MY CALL TO SERVICE –  Widows & Orphans

        (VISION)

  • The Rose of Sharon Foundation (RoSF) is a private, voluntary, non-profit, faith based, non-governmental organisation focused on easing the burdens of existence for widows and orphans.
  • Founded in 2005 and began full operation in May 2008.
  • provided grants to more than 973 widows
  • educational assistance by the awards of scholarships to 1,366 widows’ children and 86 orphans.

 

Conclusion:

 

In the past few years, especially since I pursued my passion and foray into business, by the grace of God, I am determined more than ever to living every day to the fullest, filled with joy, passion and rigor.

 

It’s an amazing experience that I pray that you experience that freedom too.

 

As you begin to make adjustments in YOUR life

I pray also that you give everything to God in prayer, learning to TRUST GOD ONLY with all your decisions and that

He grants you wisdom and showers you with His unfailing love

 

You have been a wonderful audience, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

 

 

Scriptures for Healing

Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

 

  • John 6 :33

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life

 

  • 1 Corinthians 6 : 19

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

 

  • Psalm 9 : 10

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

 

  • Romans 8 : 11

 

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

 

  • Psalm 107 : 20

He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.

 

  • Jeremiah 30 : 17

For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord,
‘Because they called you an outcast saying:
“This is Zion; No one seeks her

 

  • John 15 : 7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you

 

  • Mathew 8 : 17(b)

 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses

 

  • Isaiah 58 : 8 (a)

Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily

 

  • Malachi 4 : 2

But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings

 

  • Malachi 3 : 11

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,
Says the Lord of hosts

 

 

Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

 

 

In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

Fruit of the Womb

 

And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb

  • Psalm 92 : 14

They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing

  • Psalm 128 : 3

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table

  • Psalm 113 : 9

He grants the barren woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children

  • Exodus 23 : 26

No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days

  • Deuteronomy 28 : 3-4

Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks

  • James 1 : 17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning

  • Isaiah 65 : 23

They shall not labor in vain,
Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord,
And their offspring with them

  • Psalm 128 : 36

Your children like olive plants
All around your table

  • Genesis 35 : 11

Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body

  • Luke 1 : 42

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb

  • Deuteronomy 7 : 13

And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you

  • Psalm 127 : 3- 4

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth

Psalm 92 : 4

..shall be fruitful in old age

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Let us spend a moment in prayer for our great country –
    • For our leaders
    • Peace in our land – North, South, East & West
    • For an end to terror and insurgency in the land
    • And for all God has in store for us this year and beyond

 

 

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News

We do not need to over-emphasize that there is power in the word of God but we can remind ourselves and encourage one another.  The sword of the Spirit is the word of God (Eph 6:17). God used it to create the heavens and the earth and created us in His own image.

God is calling us to come up higher; we can term it to mean it is His will for us to move up higher spiritually, financially and for our general well being.

He says in Matthew 6: 33

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

So, whichever level you are now, endeavour to move to the next level of spirituality by getting closer to Him, knowing His will, obeying Him and generally reaching out to others.

Say to yourself: “I am coming up higher, – This year is my year”.

Let us examine some of the ways we can move up higher.  There is only one major thing to focus on, and that is to “seek God Himself”.  Everything radiates around Him first and foremost and then all others fall into place as He leads us by His Spirit through the word.

Using The Word

Jeremiah 5:14

 14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:

“Because you speak this word; Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire,
And this people wood, And it shall devour them.

 With the Bible we have all that we need.

 Joshua 1:5; 8-9

 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The key instructions here are that we should meditate on the bible day and night, basically, all the time.  He promises to protect us and that nobody will ever be able to prevail against us.  We can also claim territories we step into. We will be successful in all we do, if only we can have courage.  Read the word; believe it and you will “come up higher”. 

2 Kings 2: 19-22

19 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.”

20 And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’” 22 So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.

Pray profusely, open your mouth and tell God everything exactly as it is.  Don’t pretend, He is your father and always willing to help and to bless you.

Psalm 1:1-6

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Again, we are told to delight in the bible and meditate day and night.  He promises abundant blessings in return.  We will be fruitful, we will flourish and prosper in all we lay our hands upon, if only we can “Come up higher”.

Psalm 92: 12-15

12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

15 To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Here we are told that the righteous shall flourish and shall be like a cedar tree. These are tall, evergreen and have wide spreading branches.

Also we are promised that we shall still bear fruit in old age. This means that we can still accomplish much, we can impact positively on others, encourage, help, deposit experiences and knowledge gathered, win even more souls and reach out generally and with great impact.

God desires we should have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10)

There is no need to manage our lives.   You greet some people, `’how are you?”  And they respond with “I am managing!”  That will not be your portion IJN. 

“Come up higher” and you will see the reward.

 

  • Exercise Your Faith

Hebrews 11:1

We are saved by faith (Galatians 2:20)

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

We must live by faith (Hebrews 10:38a)

38a Now the just shall live by faith;

 Whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23b)

23 But he who doubts is condemned

By faith Abraham left his home country and followed the Lord’s leading.  The rest is history as you and I are his descendants and are enjoying his blessings or supposed to be enjoying depending on your level of faith and spirituality.

 

We read that Abraham’s servant went to look for a wife for his son Isaac and did it by faith through specific prayer and God answered him immediately.  Later, Jacob in the next generation did his through flesh and ended up working for between 18-20 years of hard work to get his wife.  Therefore, our genuine faith gives us grace and enablement to prosper in our endeavours.

 

Therefore, “Come up higher”. Apply faith and not flesh.  God is waiting.

 

Say to your self: “Lord give me grace to know the difference between favour and labour IJN.

 

  • Obedience to God and Those In Authority

 

Those in authority include our bosses, husbands, our leaders, spiritual heads and parents among others.  The bible tells us that if we truly love God we will obey Him.

 

John 14:15 & 21

 

15“If you love Me, keepMy commandments.

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

 

1 John 2:4

 

4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

 

If and when God gives us commandments, whether through revelation or prophecy, or even through study and meditation, and we don’t obey then we definitely don’t love Him and are therefore liars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, through obedience in soul winning, many are saved:

Romans 5:19

 

18Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

 

Deuteronomy 11:26 & 27

26    “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:

 

We receive blessings when we obey God.

 

1 Samuel 15:22

 

So Samuel said:

“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of the LORD?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

And to heed than the fat of rams.

 

You can bring all you own to God and yet it would not make any difference to Him if there is disobedience in your life, not only to Him but ANY of those in authority.

 

Therefore, I admonish you to obey even more than before:

 

“Come up higher” And begin to enjoy His blessings in a new dimension.

 

Tell your neighbor, “I am moving up”

 

  • Unity In Cooperation

 

When was the last time you agreed to agree with others?  Are you willing to co-operate with others or are you always wanting to get your way, wanting to outshine others or do you just enjoy making things tough for others?  Have a rethink!

 

God said in Genesis 11:6

 

6 And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

 

This means there is power in unity and that we can achieve our goals as a result. 

 

Acts 2:1-4: The disciples and others received the baptism of the Holy Ghost for the first time.

In like manner Matthew 18:19

 

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

 

God promises to answer when we do agreement prayers. (My recent back pains)

 

  • Trust God The More

 

Psalm 125:1-2

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore

God provides strength and assurance for us in difficult times.  When we trust Him, we are secure and immovable as Mount Zion where the temple was built, is immovable.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him; And He shall direct your paths.

 

God has never been found to lie. So why should we hold back in trusting Him since there’s more to gain than trusting in possessions or man. Move away from trusting in such. “Come up higher”.

 

  • Give More From Now On

 

Luke 6:38

 

38 Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

 

Proverbs 3:27-28

 

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due; when it is in the power of your hand to do so.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.

 

2 Chronicles 9:6-9

 

6 However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard.

7 Happy are your men and happy arethese your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!

8 Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the Lord your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.”

9 And she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great abundance, and precious stones; there never were any spices such as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

 

When you open your hands to bless others, it is also open to receive. 

 

The law of sowing and reaping is prevalent.  There is harvest when you plant.

 

 

  • Show More Gratitude Than Before

 

Psalm 34:1

 

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18

18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

Psalm 107:8

 

8 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness; And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

 

The more you give thanks, the more you receive.  God honours our giving and delights in a grateful heart.  Grace abounds where there is a thankful heart.

 

“COME UP HIGHER!”

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