2 Friends To Keep, 2 Friends To Lose

 

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A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

If there is one reality, that is common cause amongst all preachers, is the impact that friends have on shaping an individual mindset and congruently shaping their future. The adage goes like this, “show me your friends and I will show you your future”. The term friend must not be used loosely because, once friendship is extended to anyone, you position yourself to receive an impartation from that individual. Many times we are careless with the people we befriend and allow negative people to impart negativity to our lives.

This blog is not going to only deal with negative friends but it is also going to deal with positive friends. The majority of the preaching narrative concentrates on bludgeoning negative friends that we must leave, but little is said about the friends we must find or the friends we must indeed keep. You would end up thinking that God hates friendship, because the  “leave those friends” word never comes again to tell us which friends we must keep.

  1. Subtractors. These are friends who take from you and never give back. The key part of any relationship is reciprocity, which is the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit. It has to be an exchange for mutual benefit, one party cannot be benefiting at the expense of the other. Subtractors are in relationship with you to just take but never give. Two women under hair dryer smiling
  2. Dividers. These friends are deadly because they release division in your life. They always want to separate you from other relationships, in particular your family and your church. Dividers create conflict with other relationships and make you estranged from other healthy relationships. Their main mandate is to keep you exclusively to themselves. They cannot share you with others, so they release division in your life. Healthy friends can let go and leave you to interact with other relationships.
  3. Adders. These are friends who constantly add value to your life. They are extremely generous and will not hesitate to give to you in your time of need. As a matter of fact, they will never show up to your house empty handed, will not allow your birthday to pass without a gift, nor will they allow you to struggle while they are present. Adders are a major blessing, your number one job is to make sure that the adders in your life, don’t make you become a subtractor. Be an adder too. Any friendship based on adding value to each other is precious and must be honored and guarded. Friends taking selfie in restaurant
  4. Multipliers. These are powerful friends because they don’t add value per sae but they increase the force and power of what is within you. They are called to increase the intensity of your gift and anointing. Multipliers are supremely gifted in the art of encouragement. They know what to say to motivate you to become better and greater. The best friends have the capacity of making you feel larger than life, after just a conversation. When you talk to a multiplayer, you leave the conversation feeling big and not small. Their words and their mindset is always forward looking, and big picture speaking. You can never leave the presence of a multiplier and feel like giving up.

May God bless you with the right friends and deliver you from the wrong friends. Not all friends are evil and not all are good, may you discern and make wise decisions.

God bless you,

 

 

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Pastor Israel

 

 

4 Ways To Maximize Your Life Today

 

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John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

  1. Enjoy the present. One of the biggest challenges we have in the church world today is that everyone is pursing something that they will only enjoy in the future when it happens. It could be the purchase of a home, a dream business / career or building a mega church and the problem with pursing something that is yet to come is you can miss enjoying the present before the future comes. On the road to your destination make sure you take time to immerse yourself in the present and truly enjoy the good moments where you are today. I have personally changed my approach to how I eat in the present, I shut out everything and take my time to enjoy the flavours of the food before me. You can be so focused on the future you don’t have that you fail to give thanks for the present you do have.
  2. Exposure. One of the best things you can ever do for yourself in this life  is to travel and see different countries and cultures all around the world. As a preacher, I have noticed how most of my counterparts only travel when there is a church conference involved. It is important that as a christian, you see the value of traveling for exposure. A church conference need not be the cause of your travel, travel to see the world and bond with your family. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, He has created this huge creation for us His children to explore and enjoy. In 2015 and beyond, make travel an intrinsic value for you and your family. Young woman on flea market with blow up airplane
  3. Experiences. You do yourself a disservice by limiting yourself to a restricted group of activities you do in your life time. It’s important to try doing things you have never done before. I remember the first time I went scuba diving. At firsts I was scared out of my socks, but as I spent more time under the sea, I grew with confidence and now it is an experience I love and enjoy. This year cannot end with you not trying out some new experiences. I highly recommend scuba diving. Personally I am not a fan of heights but I want to ONE DAY, not this year, but one day try out sky diving. New experiences make you maximise your life. Scuba Divers Wading Back to Shore
  4. Exiting. How you exit a thing affects how you enter the next thing. To maximise your life, you must master the art of exiting a day. When one day closes, it is important that you totally shut down the past day and enter the new day with a clean slate. Do not carry the baggage of the past 24 hours into the new 24 hours that are before you. Exit the past day and leave it behind completely and step into a new day with no baggage from the past day. There is no sense in starting a new day, with regret from the past day, you must master starting afresh and working on a new day, as if the past one never happened. There are so many people who lose productive energy, with regret from a past day. Take every new 24 hours as a fresh page to rewrite the story of your life. Maximise your life by mastering the art of exiting an old day and starting a new day afresh.

 

GOD BLESS YOU!

 

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Pastor Israel

10 Prayers You Must Make For Your Pastor

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A major part of your calling as a Christian is to pray for your Pastor EVERYDAY. The man who God has set over your life, to shepherd you, to nourish you, to teach you, to encourage you and build you up, more than anything you can give him, needs your prayers. Ministry is work, in fact ministry is a lot of hard work. Many times the congregation makes the mistake of overestimating the strength of the Pastor, while at the same time under estimating the power of demonic attacks on the life of the Pastor. If you are reading this blog I believe God is calling you to pray for your Pastor. Here are 10 things you must cover EVERYDAY. Yes EVERYDAY! This is not a game, this is the Kingdom of God, and we are at war. Satan is out to destroy your Pastor. He might not say it but he needs your prayers. Here are ten things you must pray for.

  1. His Anointing. The anointing on the life of your Pastor is PRECIOUS. You have to pray that God keeps increasing it’s level and flow. Pray that God keeps pouring the oil on your head (Pastor) so that it keeps flowing in the church. Without the anointing he is just an ordinary man. He needs the anointing to function effectively and grow the church. olive_oil
  2. His Marriage. This is a critical area which needs your prayers more than anything. Satan hates marriage in general and worse in the life of your Pastor. Even the greatest minister cannot minister effectively in the middle of an earthquake in his marriage. Satan’s design is to destroy your Pastor’s marriage and cause pain to the church. Pray that God will bless his marriage with many years of love and peace.
  3. His Children. To be a child of a Pastor is an involuntary calling in itself. They didn’t have a choice to be in ministry but are born into it and it’s not an easy role they have. There is a lot of pressure placed on them to be carbon copies of their parents, without going through the processes of life that their parents went through. There are many documented cases of ministry kids who rebelled against the church and against God, and pursued a lifestyle of sin. Pray that God keeps your Pastor’s children and that the pressure of being a Pastors’ child doesn’t destroy them.  Daughters (7-9, 10-12) greeting father in airport
  4. HIs finances. This is a critical area. You have to pray that God blesses your Pastor’s finances because the labourer is worthy of his wages (Matthew10:10). Your pastor is not a spirit, void of human needs like food, shelter and clothing. It is a good thing for God to bless your Pastor financially. Pray that God meets all of his needs and gives him more than enough.
  5. His Leadership Team.Those who serve with your Pastor, need your prayers too. The workload of a church is never evenly spread between the membership and the leadership. The leadership carry a heavy load and need your prayer. Pray that they serve the vision faithfully, that they stay loyal and committed and that God blesses them for all that they do for the house of God.Avengers-Assemble-12-2
  6. His protection. Satan is out to KILL your Pastor. Yes you heard that right, satan wants your Pastor dead. There are what are known as demonic assassinations, where the demonic world plots to take the life of your Pastor. There are many documented cases of Pastors who have been killed in their prime years. You need to pray for protection for your Pastor. If satan can’t kill him, he will try and afflict him with diseases or attack his family through death, disease, freak accidents etc.
  7. His church growth. One of the best things you can pray for God to bless your Pastor with is miraculous church growth. Church growth is a blessing, and your prayers are key to seeing it come to pass. The best church growth, is church growth birthed in prayer. Pray that God sends people to the church, to grow and serve in ministry.
  8. His Peace of Mind. Ministry has a lot of stress and pressure. Sometimes when we say in a service, that the man of God was in the anointing, many times it was because he was focussed. Satan is constantly attacking the mind of your Pastor with many thoughts designed to break him down. Pray for the peace of God which passes all understanding to envelope his mind.
  9. His spiritual ears and eyes. The last thing you need is a Pastor who’e spiritual ears and eyes are not functioning. He has to see in the spirit and hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church. This is a critical prayer, because you do not want to follow a man who is spiritually blind and spiritually deaf. Pray that he never loses his spiritual insight, because that is what is going direct your path.
  10. His heart. Pastors constantly give their hearts to many people, and SOME not all let them down and break their hearts. Sometimes they can fall for the trap of never trusting anyone again, because of a few people who were disloyal. You must pray that God heals his heart from all the pain accumulated in the journey of ministry.

Your Pastor is a precious gift to you, sent by God, make sure you pray for him everyday.

 

 

God bless you,

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Pastor Israel

 

10 Areas You Must Raise The Standard

 

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So many of you may already know that our theme for the year is called Raising the Standard. God has laid in my spirit 10 things that each and everyone of us needs to Raise The Standard in.

1. Reading the word – the word of God is a two edged sword necessary for everyday battles. Will a soldier go to war without his weapon? So why do you go a day without arming your spirit? Read the word everyday.

2. Quiet time – a relationship that does not involve spending time soon becomes estranged. Often wondered why your faith is low and you start doubting the word of God? Well this is because you have removed yourself from Gods presence. Any relationship that is not worked on dies. That’s why people backslide – they start to not feel Gods presence in their lives as result of them not spending time. The flesh becomes numb to God word.  prayer-on-my-knees4

3. Attend church regularly and plug in. The bible says that the Church is the bride of Jesus Christ. You cannot be of Christ and not be of His Church. Many people have a casual relationship with their church, not bothered whether it succeeds or not. If Christ is priority over your life so should  be His bride – the Church. This year raise the standard move from being casual with God and have a zeal for His church. I dare you to take it further and serve. The word says it’s better to be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

4. Tithing and giving – it’s common sense that anything that is not funded dies. If you stop tithing to the house of God, the church shall not remain relevant and will not thrive. So many churches close because members hoard money for foolish reasons because they are not generous. Be generous especially in relation to Gods house. This gospel must be finance, it takes you and I to do it. Take ownership of it.

5.  Eating healthy and exercising – it is important to make the health decision in the early days of your life. Don’t wait until the doctors diagnose food abuse related diseases for you to start eating healthy.

6. Spending more time with family. True riches are not derived from money but from family. Time we don’t spend with them is irrecoverable.
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7.  Work – give your best always and be faithful. Excel and give your best. Stop lingering on being average. Go above and beyond expectations. Work is a gift from God, don’t take it for granted.

8.  Punctuality – if you want to go far in life address this fast. Always get to a meeting 15mins before it starts. People who are not punctual are master procrastinators and do not respect time.

9. Education – keep sharpening your knowledge. Information doesn’t stand still it grows. Those who keep improving themselves but educating themselves remain relevant.

10. Dress code – you dress how you want to be treated. Your dress codes sends messages to people how to treat you.

Happy reading.

 

 

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Pastor Nana

The Prophetic Opposite 3A (Podcast Ep 5)

 

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

The first part of the conclusion of the Series the Prophetic Opposite. In this Podcast, we look at the impact of the Christ on the ages.

Top 7 Moments When A Man Is Vulnerable To Cheat

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I will open by indicating to you real early that every MAN has the capacity to fall into sexual sin. It doesn’t matter if they are called, Doctor, Banker, Janitor, Plumber, Priest, Bishop, Apostle, they all have the capacity to make a big mistake and fall in sexual sin. In the context of this blog we are limiting the definition of sexual sin to adultery, we are going to show the most vulnerable moments for a man in the context of marriage to end up cheating on his wife.

 

  1. You are most vulnerable to fall into sexual sin when you are  hungry. Husbands and in particular wives make sure there is no sexual famine in your home. All men are blessed with sexual appetite, and when a men goes for long periods without being with his wife, he opens himself up to sexual vulnerability. When you are sexually hungry you are vulnerable.
  2. You are most vulnerable to fall into sexual sin when you are  tired. It is important to rest. When you are tired and in a battle with fatigue, you become very vulnerable. Most bad decisions are mind by a tired mind. When you are tired your resistance levels are low and you are more susceptible to making bad decisions. Tired office worker
  3. You are most vulnerable to fall in sexual sin when you have been rejected. All men have an ego. When the ego of a man has been spurned by rejection they are vulnerable, because they can seek to boost their ego through sexual conquests. When you have experienced rejection of any kind be on your guard.
  4. You are most vulnerable to fall in sexual sin when lonely: When a man is pursing a dream or a goal, there are seasons of loneliness which come with that pursuit. It is possible to be in marriage and feel lonely as a man. When loneliness sets in, you can end up looking for comparison in the hands of another woman. Be on guard when you feel lonely, keep the lines of communication open with your wife, and feel free to share your deepest thoughts with her at all times.
  5. You are most vulnerable to fall in sexual sin when you are praised. This relates to the ego in all men as well. A dangerous moment in your life is when you are in a season where you are being lauded and given plaudits by many people. The praise of man can make you feel invincible and above reproach. This is a very dangerous time in your life. Stand guard when the praises of man are coming your way, you are vulnerable.
  6. You are most vulnerable to fall in sexual sin when angry. There are many documented cases of men who cheat on their wives in a moment of anger. When they are fighting with their spouse, sometimes an individual who seems to be “more understanding” than your “crazy” wife manifests in that season of anger to give you comfort. When you are angry with your wife, stand guard, you are vulnerable.Why-Are-We-Angry
  7. You are most vulnerable to fall in sexual sin when on the road. Time alone away from your home and your wife is a very dangerous time in your life. When no one is watching you, when you are in a place where you are not known, your character goes trial. The real you is revealed when no one is watching. If you have a job that involves a lot of travel and time away from your spouse, stand guard, you are vulnerable.