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Monday, 8 December 2014


"while the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night Shall not cease". ~ Genesis 8/22

I have always believed in the #SEED of God for everyone. Someone asked me whether if everyone was seeded by God. I reply emphatically YES! The best of God is always hidden in the #SEED of your talents, skills, abilities and opportunities available to all of us. Beneath are 22 quotes on the Seed. 

  1. SEEDS are given to SOWERS! 
  2. You are not poor, you've just not discovered your SEED.
  3. You are not frustrated, you just don't know what your SEED is. 
  4. Your frustration in life is a sign your SEED is agitated.
  5. God wasn't perturbed at the sight of the darkness, formlessness and void because He understood the power of the SEED.
  6. You elevation is aligned to your SEED and its productivity.
  7. Your place in life is equated to the SEED you carry. 
  8. Every SEED and it's inception begins in hardship. #Psalm 126
  9. The power of creativity is encapsulated in the SEED. 
  10. The entirety of your life is in your SEED. 
  11. If you know the Man, you will know their SEED  vice versa.
  12. Your SEED has your name on and when your SEED dies in the wrong soil, you inadvertently become a living dead. 
  13. God doesn't give greatness per se : God gives the SEED.
  14. Your SEED is the key to the fold of great men. Proverbs 18/16
  15. Obedience is the Key to successful SEED sowing. #Genesis 26
  16. Your ability to put your SEED to work Empowers the next generation. Isaiah 9:8
  17. Your SEED gives you direction...Speed follows later.
  18.  As long as the Earth remains, SEED timing" will be required 
  19. You are only significant if your SEED is.
  20. Your SEED : Your benefits  and God's glory. 
  21. Your SEED emboldens you to face tomorrow. 
  22. Your SEED your destiny. 


What does the #SEED mean to you?

Joe Akuoko II

Monday, 13 October 2014

#4FundamentalPillarsForSuccess (1.1) #GIVING - #HowToGive

"For God SO loved the world that He Gave.... #John3/16"

Am sure by now you are quite aware of the steps in giving that yields great fruition. We also understand God initiated the act of giving with by first sacrificing his son. (Tweet).  Giving is a divine lifeline for everyone who will practise it. (Tweet). If you decide to give to others the proceeds of your work, it helps breaks the power of greed and covetousness that has shackled many people. (Tweet). 

Your giving however should be seen as a seed that is being sown for a bountiful harvest. (Tweet).  Don't forget the seeds that fell in the good ground yielded a hundredfold, sixtyfold and thirtyfold blessings or fruits. God has given us several good soils to sow our seeds for fruition.  I am sure deep in your spirit there is a desire to give right and if so, i believe it is my duty to help you give right.


Personally, I don't believe given should be under coercion but rather, giving should be at one's free will.(Tweet). When your giving is under manipulation and falsehood, you receive nothing back. A willing sacrifice is an acceptable sacrifice! (Tweet). 

For the many years I have been in ministry, I have identified six God-commanded places you can give for divine blessings and for the work of God to continue. Your giving isn't about now, it is about the fruits of the future. (Tweet).

To understand #HowToGive, here are Six God-commanded places - 

A. Tithe - because God commands it. Some argue whether we should give 10 per cent or not. Well am not sure why I should argue about tha which works for me. I don't do arguments, I do the word! Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 3:7-10

B. Worship Offering - because the word says you shall not appear before the Lord empty handed. Deuteronomy 16:16 

C. Kingdom Promotion Seed - because it confirms your kingdom mindset. Acts 2:44-47, Luke 8:3

D. Giving To Parents  -  Commanded by the God for #Long live.  Exodus 20:12,  Ephesians 6:2-3, 

E. Giving to the poor  because it yields for you dividends in time to come and also in eternity.  Proverbs 19:17, Job 29:11-12

E. Giving to the Servants of God. Hebrews 5:4, Exodus 30:30

I trust it will help you gauge your giving for maximum blessing as dictated by God. 


Why do you think people find it difficult to #GIVE?

Joe Akuoko II

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

#4FundamentalPillarsForSuccess (1) #GIVING

"For God SO loved the world that He Gave.... #John3/16"

The epitome of all great endeavours has its root in the art and act of giving. (Tweetable?DoIt). God shows us his generosity by giving his only begotten son. God is so much a giver to the point of shedding the blood of his own son. Anyone who gives is emulating God in his expression of love towards man. Until you get to the point where your giving moves you, it will never move God. (Tweetable?DoIt). The spirit and the attitude of giving is important for anyone who desires more. 

More doesn't come a person's way unless more has been given out. You cannot be a giver if you aren't a lover! (Tweetable?DoIt). It takes the spirit of sacrifice for one to let go of something that is theirs to another. Sadly, until you learn how to give, you are not permitted to ask. Those who have answers with regards to A(ask) S(seek) (Knock) are people who are givers. Giving is the stairway to you living a full life.  As you learn to water others you will also be watered. Understand this, whenever giving is in motion, the law of reciprocity is also kick started. (Tweetable?DoIt).

Who has given to God and hasn't been recompensed or what is it that we have that we didn't receive? These are fundamental questions I pose to the one who thinks they got everything they have by dint of their hard work. No and no! Everything we have came out of the generosity of God.  In Acts 20:35, the only words of Jesus not recorded in the synoptic gospel is that "it's more blessed to give than to receive". Meaning, there is a higher blessing reserved for those who are constantly giving. (Tweetable?DoIt)

Your giving takes nothing from you but your giving takes everything from God. When you have a clinched fist, life will mete out to you nothing. (Tweetable?DoIt). A closed hand is inadvertently a closed destiny.  Even nothing produces something called nothing! Whatever you give out comes back as a good measure,pressed down and shaken together which is poured into your bosom by men. I believe your greatest reward is in the art and act of giving.(Tweetable?DoIt). Certain doors to great places won't open unless giving is at the fore.

 Giving is living!(Tweetable?DoIt).


What does #GIVING mean to you?

Joe Akuoko II

Monday, 22 September 2014

#PuttingYourSeedToWork (3)

"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own SERVANTS, and delivered on to them his GOODS. And unto one he gave five talents and to another two and to another one; to every man according to his SEVERAL ABILITY and straightway took his journey.. #Matthew25:14-

I am sure by now there is an understanding regarding your seed (ideas, talents, abilities, etc). From reading #ThePowerOfYourSeed to #TheNatureOfYourSeed, I have prepared and made you  familiar with what a seed is. God is the one that gives seed to the sower. Until you are a sower, you are not qualified to demand a seed. (Tweetable?DoIt) The scripture above points us to certain fundamental truths- whatever you have as a gift is given by God, that we are his servants (given the gift to serve his purpose) and finally we are all given these gifts according to our several ability. No one is disenfranchised when it comes to God!

In order to profit from their seeds, these servants were meant to put it to work. Understand there isn't a king who will give his goods without first training the recipients. Servants won't necessarily know the desire of their master unless they are train and taught what to do.  If you recognise your seed came from God, then you also should understand He alone can teach you the processes by which you can profit from it. (Tweetable?DoIt) The seed was given so you will profit from it by putting it to work. How you may ask? By following the methodologies through which you were tutored by God. If you take your journey straight away without analyzing over and over the steps involved, you might crash along the way. (Tweetable?DoIt).  

As you read further on the above scripture, you will notice these servants were given their seeds according to their several ability. (Tweetable?DoIt). The one who deserved five was given five accordingly, the two likewise and the one also. The first two excelled with their seeds whilst the last one buried his.  In verses 16 through to 18, certain words are made public regarding the sort of training they received ;traded, gained and buried are mention. I am sure they were taught how to trade, gain but never to bury their talents. Have you buried your gift instead of trading with it? Don't you know gifts, abilities and talents don't work themselves and that you the possessor should do something with it? It's about time you put it to work. Your seeds ability to multiply is in you putting it to work. 

To understand how to #PutYourSeedToWork, here are four basic concepts you need to grasp : 

A. There ought to be SEPARATION (These servants were separated from the rest).

B. You will be TRAIN (thought how to trade, gain).

C. You will have to EXPOSE your gift at the right time.

D. There will be accountability.


What does putting your seed to work mean to you?

Joe Akuoko II

Thursday, 11 September 2014

TheNatureOfTheSeed (2)

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." -Genesis 8:22

Understanding the nature of your seed (idea, talent, ability) is the key to you accessing and maximising the best of God for your life.(Tweetable?DoIt). Until you understand the nature of your seed, it will become difficult to excel in your chosen field. God's intended purpose is for you to win cheaply and easily. Life for you in Christ isn't meant to be tough, it is meant to be easy! (Tweetable?DoIt).

Your seed has its nature and the principles attached to it must be adhered to for greater harvest. (Tweetable?DoIt). The challenges of your life isn't because of your colour, accent, size or height but because you haven't taken time to understand what the nature of your seed is. Understanding is more important than process.(Tweetable?DoIt) Without a level of understanding regarding the nature of your seed, your process will be meaningless. 

Knowledge about the nature of your seed is empowering whilst the information regarding it is liberating. (Tweetable?DoIt). Every seed God gives an individual is meant to make room for you and your generation. Sometimes it is easy to ignore the facts and assume you can make use of your seeds. No one has ever become significant in life by ignoring the steps it takes to maximise your seed. (Tweetable?DoIt).

To understand the #Nature of your seed, here are five basic concepts you need to grasp : 

A. Every seed germinates over a period of time (process of time) (seed time )

B. Everyone has been given a seed (As long as the earth remains)

C. God has to approve of your seed. (Giver of the seed)

D. The seed stage is the most vulnerable of every vision. (The beginning really matters)

E. The seed will surely produce a harvest ( harvest).

With this in mind, take your time and move on according to the plan of God for your seed. You are only as good as how you sow your seed. 


What does "The nature of your Seed to you?

Joe Akuoko II

Monday, 1 September 2014

#ThePowerOfTheSeed (1)

......that it may give SEED to the sower... #Isaiah55/10

God is the one who gives seed to the sower. The epitome of all great endeavours begins with the seed. (Tweetable?DoIt). God has never given greatness per se but He has always given a seed. It is within the confines of the seed that every great vision, purpose or idea is. Seed is given to sowers; people who are prepared to put to work and maximise the potential of the seed they carry or are given. (Tweetable?DoIt). He that had, much is given to them but he who hasn't, even what they have is taken away. Selah!

You are not poor, frustrated or struggling, you have just not discovered your seed or better still, the value it carries. Nothing in life begins with an already fulfilled plan. It all starts small and with the individual's input backed by heaven, the best out of it is gotten. Your next endeavour wouldn't be scuppered by any devil but your lack of effort to step up to the challenge. (Tweetable?DoIt). Understand this, as long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest will never cease.This means God is still dishing out seeds and harvests to willing persons.(Tweetable?DoIt)

I define success as the ability to discover your seed, the location it will grow and the "how to" in maximise its profitability as revealed to you by God. 

To #Understand the power of your seed, here are a few tips :-

A. Everyone has a seed (Isaiah 55:8)
B. Every seed germinates over a period of time (the process of time) (Genesis 8:22)
C. The seed stage is the most vulnerable and its where the attack of the enemy is targeted. (Matthew 13:25)
D. God has to approve of your seed. (John 3:27,33)


What does "The Seed" mean to you?

Joe Akuoko II

Monday, 25 August 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (10) #HaveFun

"When life is taken too seriously, the part of the human being that enjoys lightheartedness loses its significance"- Joseph Akuoko II

Have fun! Yes I said it. Anyone who takes life too serious to the point of denying themselves lightheartedness will struggle to become successful. You can't make it past a certain barrier in life without enjoying the fun that comes along. You can be successful without being gloomy and desperate all the time. One of the secrets of successful people is that they aren't always working, they also take time off to enjoy the pleasures of life which God has freely us.  

You can't be invited to a wedding in Cana and not enjoy the fun of seeing people happy and merry because someone was getting married. Jesus didn't go to the wedding to preach. He went there to have fun.  I say that was a needed fun! You see, breaking off to enjoy a time of respite allows you to recollect and take a step to analyse how far you've come with regards to your vision. The human being needs refreshment from time to time. It will be unfair to work your vision without an opportunity to have fun. Having fun allows you to see yourself, the world and the people you work with from a different perspective. 

The pursuit of success is daunting! No one becomes a successful person by being so hard on themselves and in work. The process of working on your success should be fun filled. Now I know that if God was the one that commissioned the work, he will surely support it. If God is supporting it, then struggle is taken out of it. Spend time with your purpose but never lose sight of the fun attached to it. 

Someday you will recount the processes that brought you thus far. Some will be bittersweet, others will be heart wrenching and that of near failure. My prayer for you is that when you remember the process, may you have a bigger chunk of your memory for the times you had fun failing forward to rise to the place of prominence. Yes you can pursue your vision, idea, purpose whilst having fun. It's not all that serious! Take a chill pill!

To #HaveFun, here are a few tips :-

1. Understand God gave you the ideas on to success 
2. Understand the a life without fun is unproductive 
3. Understand that having fun in the pursuit of your vision allows for the stimulation of more insights and ideas
4. For the purpose of remembrance, fill your life with images of you having fun even in the pursuit of success. 


Why do you think people never seem to have fun in life? 

Joe Akuoko II

Thursday, 31 July 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (9) #ShunUnderservedFame

When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. ~ #John6/15

Success is intentional! I can't stop trumpeting this statement. It is alright to desire to be successful. At the end of the day, one of the notable miracles of life is the fulfilment of being successful in whatever endeavour you set your heart to. (Tweetable?Do It)  The ninth rule which i consider sacred in one's quest for success is learning to shun undeserved fame. There is the tendency to want to show yourself or product prematurely. One person tweeted that speed isn't necessary when knowledge isn't acquired. (Tweetable?Do It).  I have seen many who thought in spite of advice that they were ready to be known and seen. They coined titles etc for themselves as a means to showcase their arrival. Sadly, they can't be found today simply because, when you stretch beyond your capability, the evil forces of life will break you. They have a vested interest in your failure!

The lurings of early fame is something every child of destiny will wrestle with for some time. (Tweetable?Do It). More so when people you know you are better than in terms of skills, abilities, talents seem to be making it whilst you are struggling. Unfortunately, we easily forget in life, the race has never been to the swift but time and chance happens to all human beings. A person's ability to maximise their time and chance will set them apart in spite of their perceived weaknesses.(Tweetable?Do It

The rules for fame are respected by the forces of change. The opening scripture depicts Jesus escaping the trappings of underserved fame nearly imposed on him by man. Earlier at age twelve, he had tried to jump ahead of his time for manifestation by arguing in the Temple with the teachers until God used his parents to save him. It was premature exposure! I could have jumped ahead of my time. I was called earlier and gifted with the office of the Prophet. I don't struggle to see and that too could have been a great challenge had it not been for God. The tendency to want to let others know you are powerful is always rife. (Tweetable?Do It). Learning to escape as Jesus did is the most prudent thing to do until the right time. 

Remember, John the baptist was in the desert until the day of his showing forth. God has set a day whereby He will showcase what you have become to the world. He builds His generals in secret and at the right time, shows them to the world. Your fame will be noised abroad! Man is attracted to fame but be sure you don't step ahead of your time. Destruction awaits for the soul that is in a hurry to occupy the position it cannot justify. (Tweetable? Do It)

To #ShunUnderservedFame, here are a few tips :-

1. Understand God's plan for your life
2. Understand the timing of God for your showing forth
3. Understand that training is a necessary ingredient in God molding you
4. Pray to be constantly still until the time of your release.


Why do you think people run after underserved fame?

Joe Akuoko II

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (8) #BeFinanciallyEquipped

"The blessings of the Lord, it maketh someone rich".... - Proverbs 10/22

Money is never the root of evil but rather, the insatiable love for it is. If  money was that evil, why should God decide to bless a person like Abraham and his generation? As far as God is concerned, these were righteous people. Interestingly, we allow what others think about a scripture to hinged us down in a quagmire of poverty without taking the time to investigate the route to financial success. 

In the Book "The Richest Man In Babylon", Arkad explained to Bansir and Kobbi that you can't be financially equipped if you don't follow due process. As you read further, you see that Arkad became wealthy in Babylon because he chose not to do what others were doing that had led to their poverty. He learnt how to saved one tenth of his income which within a period of time accumulated. In our world where many show an avid interest in being financially equipped, "get rich schemes"seems to have gotten a hold in our everyday life. Unfortunately, many souls have been deceived and enticed into its grips.  Many would want to be financially well equipped overnight without recognising that to acquire wealth, one must build it over the years. 

In as much as I believe poverty is a spirit and subsequently a curse, the behaviour of a person also impacts the results of their financial life. Impulse buying, disregard for biblical financial wealth building methods, lack of financial education secularly etc are major issues which bother most people including Christians. 

Financial success in life is achievable only if one is prepared to pay the price. If you subject yourself to a rigorous pursuit of financial education through God's word and other wholesome secular methods now, there is a major chance that you can  and will be financial equipped. The dream of Pharaoh typifies interpreted by Joseph, speaks of the two demarcations of man's life; 
the fat years and the lean years. Interestingly, everyone is afforded these two as a right of their birth. Unfortunately, many never maximise the opportunities they come with. 

The fat years represents the time of one's strength. This is time you ought to pay the price to be financially equipped by making judicious use of the money you have. The art of saving which many struggle with and don't really take serious, is a great way to accumulate money. The lean years represents the time when naturally our abilities, talents, skills, and age will wane. Anyone who took their fat years seriously and pursued their financial education, will end with success  and enjoyment whilst those who didn't suffer the hardships of life. 

Think Aloud:-

Why do you think people in spite of the numerous methods to save and be financially equip never maximise the opportunity? 

Monday, 31 March 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (7) #BeFaithful

"A faithful soul is a sweet smelling fragrance that soothes the life of a dear friend"- JAII

You can never amount to much in life if you don't consciously make an effort to be faithful. Everyone relates to faithful people....they can be relied on in all things. The world glamourises the dog eat dog attitude that only inspires using every evil means to make ends meet. Sometimes the methods employed only leads to unfaithfulness. Sadly, many who took that road have ended up on the wrong side of life. Deep within the soul of every person is a desire to be close to a person who is faithful and vice versa. A faithful soul is a sweet smelling fragrance that soothes the life of a dear friend. Faithfulness is the grace God freely gives to great ones!

Have you ever been betrayed by an unfaithful friend, employee and even siblings who refused to heed all protocol regarding faithfulness? How was the feeling? One of my greatest dislikes in life is disloyalty which I equate to unfaithfulness. I am very careful of those who are unfaithful after they've been trusted with so much. On a personal note, I think I have been a faithful friend to many who needed my help and attention. Faithfulness is a seed that has got to be sown and nurtured overtime for growth. When it's done with the right mindset, great rewards emanates out of it. 

David remained faithful to the anointing of God over King Saul when he refused to kill him when the opportunity arose. Moses was faithful as a servant in God's house according to Hebrews 3:5. God rewards faithful people who endure to the end. Jesus was faithful even when it didn't feel so in the Garden of Gethsemane. Those who stay till the end will receive the crown of everlasting salvation. You too can be faithful in all things and be sure to receive the rewards that come with it. 

To be faithful, here are a few tips:- 

A. Value people and the trust they have in you

B.  Make a conscious effort to be true to your word

C. Learn to be a "sacrificial Lamb" not a "door mat" for the people you care for

D. Pray to God to help you remain faithful even in the face of imminent danger.

Think Aloud:-

Why do you think people struggle to remain faithful?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (6) #ValueFAMILY

" A strong family bond molds one into a better person" - J Akuoko II

Family is everything! Remember the movie "the Godfather"? Wow, its forever a classic. Family not in the sense of the intricacies that characterised the movie "the Godfather" but that of a healthy unit of loving, caring and well meaning people. My #6thFforASuccessfulLife is placing value on family. I believe without it, many of the gifts, talents and opportunities we are destined for might elude us. Yes one can argue that not all families help nurture a person. Yet I believe the vast majority of people who come from a strong bond of a family stand a great chance of becoming all that God created them to be. 

Our so-called modern society seem to have nearly drawn a wedge between many members of the same family unit. Coupled with the easiness with communication, the gap seem wider. Yet the true bond of love, care and memories that facilitates the growth of families shouldn't be taken for granted. Growing up, my greatest envy was for people who were living with both parents. Though young, I knew that to have a full family unit meant you had protection, security, a person to look up to and the chance of not being poor. 

I don't know what family means to you but personally, I place maximum value on both my external, nuclear and church family. Human beings are our greatest asset and if you don't invest your trust, faith and your best in your family, where else? As children of God's family, we are in a privileged position above all other creation. The love of God is extended to all but certain privileges are for His family members including you and I. To be advised to become part of God's family is the greatest secret to success anyone can give you. Jesus at one point was told his mother and siblings were looking for him. Interestingly, he said those listening to his words were his family. (Luke 8:20-21).  As we go through life, knowing that you have an earthly and heavenly family both with man and God only emboldens and empowers you for the years ahead.

Here are a few reason why you need to #ValueFamily -

A. Family gives a sense of belonging and identity

B. Family is the foundation on which a character is built

C. Family gives security

D. Family is the place we go to when all have rejected us

Think Aloud:-

Why do you think people don't value family? 


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (5) #HaveFORTITUDE

..... be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might... Ephesians 6/10

The irony of life is that whilst we seem to enjoy in some days, other days come with their challenges. The beauty of life is that when we fall we have the chance to rise. (Tweetable?Do It). Living life means one of these days the worst could happen yet it also means you can have the fortitude to overcome it. Ever wondered why certain people bounce back and others not? The secret is the FORTITUDE with which they approach the issues of life.

It's clear we all have a common enemy whose desire is to weaken our resolve in dealing with the everyday challenges in life. (Tweetable?Do It). The good news is that you have been empowered to over it come. Fortitude without even looking it up in the dictionary is exhibited by most of us in the face of challenges. We walk in it almost every day when we face challenges are able to overcome it. I see it as an inner strength built over time. 

If you are going to win and do so successfully in any area of your life, then you need to have fortitude. At any given chance, you are going to be tested...even by the most trusted person or loved one. (Tweetable?Do It). When through mental and emotional strength you face the difficulty, you don't only win in the situation but also become a master over it. The wisdom, patience and understanding gained stays with you forever. 

I have had the privilege of leading my church over a period of time and one thing has always stayed :- having the FORTITUDE to deal with issues when they present themselves. (#Secret- leading people is the most difficult yet rewarding task ever). The above scripture gives one a place of hiding and also of seeking the strength of God. Be strong in your relationship with God and also bask in His power. With God on your side, even when things seems overwhelming, heaven will release a dose of the daily fortitude to you so you can be an overcomer. (Tweetable? Do It)

Look at the brighter side of life and understand this- you were created to have dominion over the issues life presents. Yes we all might have failed once, twice, thrice and sometimes many times. The truth however is that if you will see yourself in a different light and embrace the power you have been freely given by God, you will walk in fortitude and win. Have FORTITUDE for it's your birthright!

To have fortitude:-

A.  Be Patient

B.   Seek the knowledge concerning any issue you face

C.  Walk in the power and might of  God 

D.   Apply the fortitude gained where necessary

Think Aloud :

Why do you think many never overcome issues?


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (4) #BeFEARLESS

For God has not given us the Spirit of Fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ 2Tim1:7

Someone said fear could be - "False Evidence Appearing Real or Face Everything And Run". Interestingly, many have given in to either the first or the second acronym coined out of the word fear. The challenge of most is not knowing that you can be free from the grips of fear all your life. Reverential fear is entirely different from crippling and destructive fear. To revere someone is to show them respect, however to cower in front of issues you were created to overcome is deadly. 

Many walk in fear; Fear of this, fear of that and sadly, they cannot substantiate the reasons with anything tangible.  The enemy is skilled in planting uncalled for seeds of fear when he has the advantage. A few years have I been around and this I know - fearful people don't get much done in their lives. Fear cripples the ability of an individual and until something is done about it, the person remains a slave to it.

Be fearless and never give into any signs of it in your life. Deal with it brutally, because the absence of fear only allows for the expression of creativity, skill and ability with ease. Given the opportunity, which one of the acronyms coined out of fear would you choose? I will go for False Evidence Appearing Real. If truth is to be told, many of the things we are afraid of are false things wanting to appear as a reality. If you dare buy into its reality, fear stays and ossifies. 

Information is what empowers a person's knowledge knowing that knowledge is truly liberating.  The lack of it only leads to further bondage. The greatest information one need in order to deal with fear I believe is God's word. Once you have assurance of what the word says, you will walk in boldness and calmness. God does not send the spirit of fear, it is the devil. This is what God does - He gives the Spirit of power, love and finally of a sound mind.

This means that fear attacks a person on three levels- first, it renders you powerless, second, it kills every fibre of love in you and finally it takes away the peace of God in your life. Being fearless simply depicts the faith a person has in what God says. Perfect love casts away all fear. If you are a child of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, you should #BeFearless!

To deal with fear, I urge you to do this- 

A. Look through your life and identify what you are mostly afraid of. 

B. Ask yourself whether if in spite of what God's word says if that fear is justified? 

C. Finally find a scripture concerning what you are afraid of and tackle it with it. 

Think Aloud :

What do you think stops people from being fearless?


Monday, 24 February 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife - (3) #BeFANTASTIC

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might"...- Eccle 9:10

Be your utmost best to excel wherever you find yourself. In the usage of your skills, abilities, talents etc, stand out. In life, everyone is afforded an opportunity to excel  yet only a few stand out. Sometimes, there is the tendency to think there are special ones but as far as God is concern, everyone is very special and can become anything if we choose to.

Being fantastic at what you do requires an inner resolve to be better in any chosen area in spite of your challenges.  Excuses are very cheap and if you subscribe to it, they will cheapen and weaken your best resolve in life. Every great person could have given an excuse yet they discarded its notion and became all round fantastic at what they do.

If you approach life with a sense of entitlement you will lose the joy that makes people excel with dignity. No one owes you best people will help up to some point. The best doings to bring grace and dignity to you should come from you. You are your best help and your worst enemy.

To excel or to be fantastic is a decision you have to make. It is not dependent on external factors but more on you. You have been empowered by God through Christ to dictate the issues that affect your life. Projecting the best of your intentions is something you have the right to. Being fantastic at and in work, friendship, love etc is a key ingredient in living life successfully. 

The more I study the word of God, the more I understand life and its challenges can be conquered without much sweat if we will listen to what the Spirit is saying. Our opening scripture is succinct and emphatic :- "whatever you find to do here on earth, do it with every ability, knowledge and finally passion" for without which you will never be all that God called you to. You can be FANTASTIC in all that you do.

Think Aloud :

Why do you think people struggle to be fantastic?


Monday, 17 February 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife- (2) #BeFOCUSED

....Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher... #Hebrews 12:

Focus is the womb of great manifestations! It is the epitome of every great endeavour in life. Until a person learns to be focused, their greatest dream will only remain a dream and nothing else. Many never understand that one of their deadliest enemies in the pursuit of their dreams and aspirations is not being focused. 

Every purpose and its fulfilment has its rudiments in the person's ability to stay focused on the mission for which they were sent. Every great man or woman knows one thing- never lose focus on the one thing that can make the difference in their lives and that of others. It is said, Thomas Edison tried a 1000 times to make a light bulb yet couldn't. When asked if he had failed in not achieving his purpose, he answered, he had just found a 1000 ways not to make a light bulb. What kept him going in spite of the challenges? FOCUS did!

The mindsent of being focused is the one every great individual needs in order to succeed. Now understand why it is imprudent for one to be doing so many things at a time. Familiar with Jack of all trades and master of none?  The simplest logic is this - when your energy is focused on a single thing, the tendency for you to succeed is higher as compared to dissipating it all over. Your gifts and skills are great but all they need is you being focused on the one thing you are pursuing. 

There is a point in life where all the clutter, noise, unnecessary friends and any other things that stop you from focusing have to be dealt with. You might be wondering why you've struggled a lot with your vision, dream etc. It is simply because you are not focused enough. The mind produces its best when its focused. Understand this, there are finer products hidden deep within your spirit and it will take focus to unearth them. 

In the beginning God said..... and everything He said is still in motion. What energy, what power, what focus! The power of focus was needed when creation of a new earth out of the distorted, void and darkened one was to be achieved. As you focus intently, you are taken to its next and powerful level of focus called FOCI- the centre or converging point of focus. This is where all great inventions and ideas are hidden. Remember, any time you feel like giving up, that laser is powerful and can be used to cut even metals because tiny rays of light have been FOCUSED!


What do you think causes many to lose focus? Let me know your thoughts


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

#10FsForASuccessfulLife- (1) #BeFRIENDLY

...But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. #Proverbs 18:24

Be a friend who can be Befriended! (Tweetable?DoIt). Man is a social being and at any given opportunity, we will need to relate to people....sometimes outside the immediate family of a person. The reality of friendship is that you are always going to be influenced be it positive or negative. (Tweetable?DoIt). Interestingly, we are attracted to our kind! Peer pressure never ends after teenage years. At any given age or level there are peers who will influence your thoughts, behaviours, choices etc and its from out of these do we choose to form friendships.

Friendship is by choice not by force. (Tweetable?DoIt). Being friendly isn't acting needy. Friendship is a mutual agreement between two people sometimes spoken or not for the benefit of all. Friends are God sent when they fit the purpose for which they were sent. They carry with them answers to challenges we face as we go along.  Even Jesus at some point needed friends. He chose disciples people whom he later called friends. #John 15/15. 

The value of friendship cannot be equated to money. It's most seen when someone you call a friend is there for you in times of challenges. It carries with it the strength to endure difficulties together. There is nothing beautiful as having someone you can confide in and commune with on issues no one seems to understand. (Tweetable?DoIt). Interestingly, a true friend will stick closer in all matters relating to your life. Growing up, I had loads of people I called friends. Age has taught me that many of those were just acquaintances who really didn't fit into what I will term friends. I can't stand disloyal people and a such I am quite careful on choosing people for friendship. 

Many will disappoint you in your quest to sieve through the number of people for friendship. (Tweetable?Do it). Friendship and its definition has changed for me as I mature. Your need to be fulfilled in life should be considered when desiring to find a friend. They should carry enough to impact your life. Their influence should create a visible change for all to see.  I consider friendship in a three step way - those who will feed my need for insight, wisdom and information for my vision , those who I can share my knowledge with on the same level and finally those who I can teach things I have benefited from to in life. (Tweetable?Do It).

David and Jonathan's friendship is an example of that which is for life. Jonathan the Prince saw greatness in David and defended him even from the imminence of deathly threats from his father King Saul. If you find a friend who sticks closer than a brother, then you can really rest assured that some of the challenges you might face in life will be halved. (Tweetable?DoIt).Be friendly for it pays not only when we need people around...but I believe two heads are always better than one. (Tweetable?DoIt). There is someone out there whom you can trust with the fine details of the challenges you are facing in life. Loneliness by choice or circumstance does nothing better for a person. Reach out to someone who needs your company. Be friendly!


Monday, 13 January 2014

The Winter Is Passed

See! The winter is passed.... ~ Songs Of Solomon 2:11

If you are reading this, there is high possibility that you are alive and in real time. It also means in spite of your regrets and mistakes, you've crossed over from the vestiges of  2013 into the early fodder of 2014. Your life could be Summed up in the popular James Bond catchphrase "stirred but not shaken". Yes you endured all that 2013 could throw at you yet you survived. What you didn't need got burnt in the fire! You have been kept by the mercies of God for a reason and a season. Your greatest breakthrough and opportunity is the "now" that you're living in.

The winter is passed but a fresh and a new day beckons. What are you going to do this year? Spend your time planning when it's time to act? Procrastinate again? Let opportunities pass you by without even trying? I mean what exactly are your plans for the new year?

No one applauds ideas...people celebrates results! The time of slack and blame has passed. Its time you become all that God created you to. Shake off  the last bits of 2013 and embrace the clothing of a new dawn. Every thing you need is so much available. All you need  is to take the bold step. I remind you of this story in Joshua's days. Moses had divided the waters yet was no more. The people were used to their leaders dividing waters for them. Joshua's opportunity came with God now commanding the Priest to bear the Ark on their shoulders and to "STEP INTO JORDAN" as the only means by which the waters will divide. They obeyed and Jordan was divided. Moses used the rod but in Joshua days, the Priest stepped into the water. The Winter had passed!

I know this for a fact; God will be telling some of us to go the extra mile, open new chapters in pursuit of dreams and aspirations, separate ourselves or better still leave the relationship, go back to school etc. Make sure you heed the voice and do as commanded for strength will be given to you from on high to accomplish every dream and purpose you were created for. The winter is passed! Behold a new season comes and I hear the spirit say it's your SEASON.

J Akuoko II

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