Have you discovered the Treasure?

Christian Growth

Before my admission was accepted in the School I’m presently studying at, just like it’s common for most Nigerian undergraduates, I had to go through several Institutions. Now, I finally am in school and getting closer to completing my medical program (Thank God). However, there have been quite some hitches I’ve experienced in this Journey. Suffice it to say, I’ve not had such a smooth ride in the area of friendship, communication and self expression. It had felt like I was literally in total Isolation in my world.

Several times, I would call Home (Nigeria) and lodge a complaint. Sometimes it was about the people, other times the school, then I would grumble and protest about how I no longer wanted to study medicine if it would make me this solitary.

My Father would say to me in His Nigerian and tribal Articulation,

It is your Life, if you can’t endure the pain for the time being, you can come home and learn a trade, It would save me a lot of time and money“.

I had felt no one understood “what I was going through”, that I could not take it anymore. I even went as far as searching for other areas of information that I could go back home to gratify in.

I would say to you that, In my years of being born again, I had never felt exasperated or disappointed. Life had always had that stench of Hope hovering around me. So this made me fragile. I didn’t think I could attain to anything as regards my education. This new mindset had influenced my grades, my outlook to going the extra mile in my studies, to say the least, I wasn’t even reading anymore. I just kept trying to get someone who would understand me and explain to my parents why I needed to leave my school.

Thank God for the Word of God, thank God for my Pastor, thank God for ministry materials and tapes. Today, I can tell you that, even though the circumstances didn’t change, my attitude and mindset did change and they have helped me get to this stage that I am in my education. Glory to God.

This personal story reminds me of where some of us are in our lives. Even though it’s the first week of the Month of this new year 2014, it doesn’t mean that we have new jobs, homes, relationships, marriages. it doesn’t mean that as we entered the year, we were given the promotion that we needed, the raise in salary that we need or deserve. Even the appreciation or commendation from our wives, employers, students, bosses, leaders, children or even our parents, have not come forth. As a matter of fact, it’s still the same as it was right before we got out for the holidays.

This brings me to the message I have for you in today’s post. I want to believe I am talking to you, the Christian, the one who knows who he is in Christ and just in case that’s not you, I’m talking to you who wants a better life, a life that brings you into the realizations of all the goals, dreams, visions and aspirations you’ve set and want to achieve in this year. Trust me, you wanna record such outstanding and supernatural achievements in this year.treasure

Did you know that in that situation you are in, there’s something God wants you to SEE? Can you stop the complaining and let the strategist in you show forth? Can you discover the treasure?

Sometimes, all we see are Challenges, “Oh what I’m going through”. I want you to realize that wherever you are in life, it maybe that company, that family, that office, that relationship, that City, that school, that marriage, you are there because God wants you to see something. There is a treasure there that God wants you to discover.

You have a voice that must be heard. You see, a soul winner is an extraordinary strategist. Stop complaining about where you work, the position you hold. Have you discovered those of them there who do not know Jesus, who haven’t received Jesus? God has given all of us an opportunity. Before you start looking at the condition, look for those who are not saved around you. That’s what I mean by discovering the treasure. God wants you to discover a treasure there and the Holy spirit will help you see (Acts 1:8).

Are you a witness for Jesus? When I ask this I’m not asking you how many posts you’ve blogged on Righteousness, Salvation or Repentance. This is not about, how many good characters you exhibit at home, your work place or school that show you are a Christian. I mean, are you proud of Him at your work place, school, city, bold enough to preach this message to those who have not heard it. Or you are the type that would say “Isn’t that for the evangelism unit in church?”

You see, this is your reasonable service. It’s the proof of your Love for Jesus. Are you in a place and say you have the Holy Spirit and there’s no conviction of sin for the unbeliever? Then I dare say, that your Holy Spirit is being held down, discouraged and inactive. The Holy Spirit didn’t just come to be YOUR helper. He is A helper. He needs you to express Himself, to cause these changes, to draw these souls out of darkness into Light.

Are you apologetic about your Life, being a Christian? Maybe when its lunch time at work and your colleagues are discussing about a matter and your obvious contribution should have been from the mindset of a Christian, but you choose to keep quiet, so you are not called “Holy Holy”. You’re not free to sing praises to Him because you’re afraid you might not be able to fit in, maybe in class or at work. No wonder, He called us His ambassadors, His representatives.

Do you not know what the Holy Spirit in you is called? A helper! He makes you Influential. Are you somewhere you work and you are still asking “well nobody likes me, my boss is never satisfied”? There’s no more self pity when it comes to you. That’s what I realized as I studied God’s word. You are a Helper of People, that’s a ministry you have by the Holy Spirit. That means that if someone is falling, I should pick the person up. If someone is sad or anxious, I should put a smile on that person’s face.

We have become the expression of God. Make up your mind to be that way in this year 2014. Reach out to people by preaching the Gospel to them, transforming lives, giving their life a meaning. It will surprise you how many people around you, in your sphere of contact haven’t received Jesus, how many people need some encouragement today. If you Know God, you’ll know His number one business is SOUL WINNING. Make it your  number one goal this year, to see that the lost around you receive DIRECTION and SALVATION by telling them about Jesus. It’s not your JOB to save them, but God needs you to reach out to them first and the Holy Spirit will take over (Romans 10:14). Don’t say, “well no one has come to me that I have not strengthened” or “I do give them devotionals to read ooh”. Get Up and GO TO THEM.

The reason why I decided to blog on this today is because I know most of us are busy setting goals and making efforts to be the best of us in 2014. It begins with your commitment to God’s own business. Let’s not be carried away by the accomplishments of this world. Do you preach because you want to satisfy your own ambition or because you want people to say “wow, this brother or sister is such a committed Christian”? The very popular John 3:16, exposes us to the extent of God’s Love for Men and you are like your father, remember. Let us take up this ministry because we want the Glory of God to be established.

So take advantage of the place you are today. It’s an opportunity to Lighten up that place and trust me, your life can only get better because you’ve taken God’s business as your number one business. No wonder Mathew 6: 33 tells us about how we can have all things come to us without struggle. It’s already a Law that God has commanded to happen. You must understand your purpose as a Light. You were made to bring direction, just like Jesus. The apostles of old have handed us the baton, it’s now in our hands. Come to think of it, they lived glorious lives, they were bundles of testimonies.

Today, I’ve discovered the treasure in my city, my school and my career. I now live in abundant Joy every day, because I realized that, I was the Light that God had sent to give direction to the men here. Though the experience keeps teaching and strengthening me, I promise you my life here has been filled with testimonies of favour, love, grace and God’s abundance upon me. Because I chose to discover the treasure.

I urge you today, not to complain, nor be discouraged. I want you to open your eyes and SEE what God wants you to see. It is only to your advantage. In no time, you’ll be placed in that better place of opportunity by God himself and He will Magnify i.e. make you Great in the sight of others. It’s God’s choice to make you great this year.

Ensure to walk in the Light of this information you’ve just received. Don’t just read it and say “thank you Jesus”. Get up now, square your shoulders, be bold, confident and take advantage of the indwelling presence of the helper and extraordinary strategist inside of you. Your success is guaranteed, be confident about it.

I on this side am cheering for you as you make evident the excellencies of God upon your life this year. Seize the Moment. Discover the treasure. I did it, I’m still doing it with full force this year and so will you.

I’d love to hear your progress concerning this, your questions or direct messages can be sent to me @ missproductivehannah@yahoo.com

I know for sure that this year will surpass our expectations. Let’s all be a testimony as regards this matter. God bless you and empower you for the work ahead.

I have no apologies for this post being this long, it was necessary. Thank you, lol or don’t you agree with me?

If you do, don’t forget to post your comments and add to what I’ve said on the comment section below.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and have a Great Year my people.

I love you.

Kip Illuminating!

Five Ways to Thank God this season

We are Grateful

Some of you might be asking, “why is this wonderful blogger sharing this post, isn’t it obvious How to Thank God, I mean we all know God and we can just say God I thank you, its that simple and the world knows this”.

The answer to that is, it might shock you what over familiarity does to people, I mean this is a God that we’ve known and heard of all our lives, for some of us who just got born again, a couple of years or so. But, thanking God is not a mere doing, what i mean by that is, we actually cannot thank God ordinarily, but by Faith. This is a God we cannot see, but for the Holy Spirit who the bible describes as the “Angel of God’s Presence”, who relates God’s presence to us who have received him. So, if not by Faith, we cannot thank God.

So, not that these are the only ways we can thank God but, these five ways will go a long way in saying Lord I’m truly Grateful.

Hear this, the number one way we thank God is by our fellowship with God through Prayer. Here, we praise the lord, with words that say how great He is, how awesome he is and how wonderful He is. Just like our earthly fathers, when we are given a gift from them, we burst into Joy and start to praise them, some of us jumping and screaming say,” daddy you are the best”, how much more the creator of the universe, the first and the last, the everlasting God. God deserves our Praise and thanks as well and even more. Even as I type this post, i just wanna praise Him. Also, the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must not forget to Thank Him, he has been our Comforter, Standby, our ever present help in times of need.

The Second way we express our thanks to God is by financial and material seeds. These are things that most of us Christians take lightly and because of that have missed out on the blessings of God in our life. Giving from your substance of which the lord blessed you with is an act of faith and worship to God, Note here that i’m not referring to our Tithes, First fruits or Offerings, this is our Thanksgiving Offering, that says to God “Lord you are my source and i thank you for your supply and your provision”.  Remember the Word of God says, A Grateful heart is a garden, this means that you will always blossom and thrive and grow so beautifully that the world will notice. Practically, I’ll urge you to take, no matter how little (putting in mind that God deserves your best), from what God has blessed you with, especially money, put this in an envelope and send it to church. I’m sure your churches have already announced the days of thanksgiving. We are doers of God’s word and not just hearers, so we will hear to do.

Moving on, the third way to Give thanks to God is through our actions, our good deeds of love in the church and outside the church, with the brethren and our families. As we all know, Christmas is near and the new year is also close by, we can say thank you to God by finding out around us those that do not have enough to celebrate and put a smile on their faces, by giving them gifts, rice, chicken, meat and even clothes for the children. Right now in my Ministry, Believers Loveworld Nation, there is a send portions campaign for children by the Inner City Missions Partnership arm, you can join them in sending portions of food to the less privileged ones and put a smile in the face of at least one child (I’ll include links on how we can participate). God is indeed happy when we do this. Also, even with our words, the way we talk to people, tell some how beautiful they are, help someone in need, and literally just smile to put a smile in someones face this season. http://theinnercitymission.org/v3/

Now, this particular one i’m about to share is very important, the fourth way is  simply to share the Good news  about our Lord Jesus to someone, yes I said simply, lol. This has been quite a challenge for some of us but i’m here to say its really not a challenge. Just simply asking someone if they are born again is the first step, if you are a student you can do this during your free period or even on your way home from school, if you work, even much more easy, you have colleagues and other staff in your company or department, telling someone about what the Lord did for you is a way of thanksgiving, it says a lot that you are not selfish about the salvation that you already have, you wanna share it with your world. More so, apart from doing that, you can invite the person to church with you for thanksgiving and your church will do the rest,..this one is for the shy ones, hahaha, but its a good thing as well. 

Now the fifth way is, by our appreciation to everyone that has been in our lives, throughout this year we’ve had people who through it all stood by us, even when we faced situations, they still stood strong for us. These are people who God sent and used to be our Comfort and help throughout the year. We have them in our Pastors, Cell Leaders, Coordinators in church, parents, siblings, extended relations, our friends, teachers, bosses, leaders and many others. A simple thank you call or text or messages through cards, even gifts will definitely be great coming from you. Do you know why you will do this, because you are like your heavenly father, you are different from the rest of the world, the bible calls us, peculiar people. So, even in this season of thanks giving, you will stand out from the rest and thank God like you have never done before.

All these five ways are a great expression of your thanks toward God. I’ll be glad to receive feed backs and comments from you. Keep Illuminating, Its still our season of THANKSGIVING

…and my sincere apologies for this post being too long ahhh my fingers ooh, anyway i thought it was important to share this one as it is. I’m sure we can handle that,..lol…I trust una,lol.

kip Illuminating.