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Monday, 18 November 2013

#3ThingsToDominateInYourLife - (2) #Ignorance

Ignorance is dangerous and menacingly an enemy you cannot ignore. We are dealing with an enemy whose foremost attack is against the knowledge a person possesses. He tried the same on Jesus but failed miserably. Jesus only won that initial fight through the knowledge he possessed. He used the “it is written” method. (Copy and tweet). He fought the devil with what he had studied and I believe it’s about time we do the same. Knowledge was at play in the temptation of Jesus by the devil. The devil’s quest to test the ignorance level of Jesus if at all there was any failed miserably.
The greatest weapon being used by the enemy to keep believers at bay is ignorance. The bible is the knowledge of God concerning man’s life on earth. Whatever one desires the answer can be found in the bible yet many never bother to find out. Anytime ignorance is at play, captivity and death is what ensues. (Copy and tweet) Ignorance isn’t bliss, it’s destructive! It’s as powerful as knowledge howbeit in the negative sense.
If there is anything you ought to do in order to secure your identity, it will be to know what God’s word says about who you are. You are only going to able to apply faith based on what you know. What you don’t know only leaves you a wanderer in this race of life. (Copy and tweet)
Joshua took over from Moses and I guess like everyone, the thoughts of not leading like him etched on his mind.  Aside the promise of him dividing the inheritance and being admonished to be strong and courageous, God warned him of ignorance. He was told the only way he will fail and do so miserably was to stay ignorant. God told him specifically in these words – “this book of the law shall not depart from thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous, and then thou shall have good success”. (Joshua 1:8)(11). If he followed God's instructions,  Joshua was set to be victorious in all that he did.
Ignorance is prevalent and so is knowledge!(Copy and tweet). Every offshoot of ignorance is pain, anguish, poverty, envy, jealousy etc. A life that lacks the requisite knowledge is one that is bound to be thrust into eternal pain. 

Three men were chosen by a King to head an enterprise. Each was given an amount of money they could handle according to their several ability. No king ever chooses without first imparting the knowledge needed for success. They were given the necessary training with the Kings knowledge and were let loose to make profit for their master. Two excelled with the knowledge whilst one deliberately chose to stay in his ignorance. (Copy and tweet). The two who applied the knowledge received were promoted to possess more whilst he who intentionally chose not to apply the knowledge was sent to eternal damnation and gnashing of teeth. (Copy and tweet) Fight ignorance where ever you find it. Above all fight and dominate any sense or iota of ignorance that is stagnating your upward mobility. (Copy and tweet).
To deal with ignorance, here are a few tips:
1. Know what you need in terms of knowledge and go for it. Apply these three levels of the acquisition if knowledge:
a. Studying (2 Timothy 2:15
b. Buying knowledge (Proverbs 23:23)
c. Meditate for revelational knowledge (Joshua 1:8)

2.Be brutal with anything that wants to hold you ignorant.

3. Finally, feed your mind with the right things. (Philippians 4:8)

Talk About These:

A. Why do you think ignorance is so much prevalent?
B. What other ways can one fight ignorance?


Joe Akuoko II

Monday, 11 November 2013

#3ThingsToDominateInYourLife - (1) #Choices

Many seek to dominate things from finance, success,athletics yet we easily forget the foremost thing to dominate in your life is choices. I say this because behind any success or failure in a person's life is the choice they made. Choices are powerful! One great financier of our times in detailing financial decisions a younger person should be careful in making, made an interesting observation which is very true. Amongst his suggestions, he said the company a person will start working for, starting salary, investment, partner to marry and others are paramount to how they turn out in the future. The essence of what he said was that choices make a person. (Copy and tweet)
At any given opportunity, everyone will be presented with choices for several things. Your ability to choose right impacts the rest of your days on earth. (Copy and tweet). When the wrong choice is made, understand that chaos, confusion, bitterness etc will be something you will battle with for the rest of your days. They say what makes a man are the books he reads and the company he keeps....and all these stem out of the choices he makes.
I was recently watching a reality TV show about a group of prominent people. I finally concluded that people behave based on the background from which they were raised. Thus the quality of the choices you'll make stems majorly from the background you were raised. Let's be honest, not everyone had the best upbringing in life. However, the liberty of life is this- at some point you can choose to be whom you’ve always wanted to be. (Copy and tweet).
Excuses pleases no one and makes people uncomfortable. (Copy and tweet). Your non- performance isn’t a leeway for not dominating the choices in your life. God is so good so much that whenever a person needs help, He readily provides it.  Yes might not have had the best childhood, education, sometimes the best parents etc. but none truly matter now that you are a grown up. “When I was a child I thought like a child, but now that I have become man, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11). It’s about time you accept that your position in life has changed and you are totally in charge. I know a person's background has a lot of influence on their behaviour. The good news is that you can alter the influence for a future that is based on your choices. (Copy and tweet).
Joshua when he was the embers of his life, made a bold statement to the people regarding whom they will choose to serve. Its recorded that he was emphatic in telling the people to choose whom they will serve because he had made up his mind that every one of his family will serve the living God. Choices truly make a person! (Copy and tweet)
3 Ways To Dominate Your Choices:-
1. Understand whoever advises you controls your life. Choose sensible and god-fearing people to seek advice from. (Romans 6:16)
2. Be quick to hear but very slow to make decisions (James 1:19)
3. Always pray to God and be led by the Holy Spirit to (Romans 8:14)

Talk About This:
1. Why do you think people find it difficult in making the right choices?
2. How do you suggest a person can make right and quality choices?

Joe Akuoko II

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