I was watching one of the television stations in Cameroon recently and there is somebody who gave a wise saying. He said the world is divided into three types of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown and those who never see. He was saying this in relations to a recently inauguratrd cassava processing plant in Douala, Cameroon. He stated that the same Indians and chinese who built the factory were probably going to be the ones to grow cassava to supply to it because many Cameroonians were too blind to see the opportunities around them.
Are you aware of the opportunities around you? I am sure most of you would respond by the affirmative. But is that really true? there are millions of opportunities that pass us each day. We are ignorant of many of them and others even when we recognise them, we lack the knowledge of how to turn them to our silver and gold. Yet Cameroonians cry everyday that things are difficult and that it is only abroad that they can make it.
You can do a lot at the back yard of your house. You can make a garden where you grow fresh fruits and vegeeables. You can even have a poultrg where you keep fowls for sale or for your own consuption. All these would reduce your monthly expenditure and even put money in your pocket.
Opportunities also arise when you interact with your networks. Your networks include your friends, family members and your affiliations. These people are sources of information you can exploit so you have to pay attention when talking with them. Newspapers both online and offline are pregnant with opennings. But until you dig deep and you are at the look out for such information, you would not see them. Finally, the radio, the television and the internet equally have lots of opennings.
Whatever God has laid in your heart to do, whether it is in starting a business, seeking for a new job, starting a project – just pay attention to what is happenning around you and you would find the gem that would transform your life. I wish you all a good day.
The recent outcry of the government of Cameroon about the indecent ways young men and women dress has brought up ethical issues about this topic. Not less than three ministers came out to publicly denounce this habit now prevalent among our young men and women.
There are a number of reasons that push young people to dress this way. First, is the aim to imitate American entertainment stars. Girls dress in “miniskirts” and tight fitting trousers called “coulants” in order to resemble Holywood and Nolywood stars. The guys dress in sagging pants so as to look like 50 cents, Usher… etc. Secondly, a lot of women dress in clothes that expose their breast , butocks, tattoos, and thighs in order to seduce men. Finally, there are some who are ignorant of good dressing ethics and just copy their friends or peers.
This indecent dressing has not spared the churches. A lot of pastors have been complaining lately the way young girls dress in church. This has in turn pushed young women to have two dressing codes; one when they go to church and another when they are at home. Many of them wear gowns when they come to church and the sexy dresses when at home.
The government has started addressing this issue. They rolled out a sensibilisation campaign by radio and television and hope to start the repressive phase soon. Not only would women who dress indecently be locked up but they could also face a prison sentence. They do not rule out banning these dresses althogether. What do you think of the dresses of our young men and women nowadays? Write in the comments below.
Angels are heavenly beings that are messengers of God. They are often depicted in scripture as dressed in white with wings.
There are differeny types of angels. Angels of the lord are assigned to transmit God’s message. In mathew 1:20, God sent an angel to warn a joseph in his dream not to abandon Mary after he realised she bore a child that was not his. God sent an angel to tell Abraham that he would have many descendents like the stars in the sky after he offered to sacrifice his only son to God.(Gen 22:15) Just as God has angels, the devil has angels too.
In the book of mathew 25:41, Jesus said at judgement day, he would seperate the righteous from the rest of the people and that the later would be cast into eternal fire reserved for the devil and his angels. In Rev. 12:7, the bible says the devil and his angels were thrown down to earth after they were defeated in heaven by Michael and other angels. Michael was the chief angel.
Angel are not only messengers. They are known to perform other functions too. They can be helpers. In Daniel 6:22, God sent angels to help close the mouth of the lion so they could not kill daniel while he was in the lion’s den. Angels came to help Jesus after he was tempted by the devil ( mathew 4:11 ) . Angels can be assigned to kill. In exodus 12:23, God sent the angels of death to kill the Egyptians sparing the lives of the Israelites. Again in the book of Isaiah 37:36, an angel of the Lord went to the assyrian camp and killed 185000 soldiers.
Angels can be known as guides. In numbers 20:10, God sent an angel to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt after they cried to him for help. Finally, angels are famous for their strength. In psalm 103:20, the psalmist say “bless the Lord, all of you his angels that excel in strength and …. The good news translation renders it as ” praise the Lord, you strong and mighty angels who obey his commands.”
Who are your friends? Your friends speak a lot about you. Whether you are willing to accept it or not. In fact, I can tell you who would become by the types of friends you keep and the books you read. You should carefully choose your friends because your life is shaped by the friends you associate with. Your friends should be people who lift you up and encourage you to pray and study the bible.
You are most likely to become a gossiper if you spend time with gossipers, or you would end up a drunkard if the people you associate with are all drunkards. You might wonder how this is possible. Well, there are essentially three ways that our thoughts are shaped which is through what we see, what we hear and what we speak. Our thoughts influence our actions and so since our friends greatly affect what we speak about, what we hear and what we see, they greatly influence our actions. Be careful then about the type of friends you keep for they influence who you become in future.
Praying every day is a must for all Christians because in several verses in the bible, we are warned to pray in the spirit all the time. As for how long your prayers should is a matter of individual preference. Some people can pray for more than 9 hours without being tired while other feel that praying that long is not necessary. However in the bible it is said that Jesus prayed for one hour when he went to the mountain to pray. An average of an hour two times per day is a good average.
When we pray, we talk to God and we combine it with reading the bible we hear from God. We should pray every day in the spirit and in other tongues. Praying and reading of the bible must go together. When we pray we communion with God and we empty our minds to him. Whenever you are asking from God, should pray to see it happen. Whether you are believing God for a car, healing or a husband; pray about it. The bible says in mark 11:24 that “that whatever we desire and we pray for, believe that you have received it and you shall have it.” It is therefore important that we should have complete confidence in God that he has answered our prayers after praying even before we see manifestation of those things in our lives.
I have heard a lot of folks tell me, oh Alfred I could not make it in church because I had a lot to do at home. I have often wondered what somebody would have to do at home that is greater than worshiping God. When you see what these folks where doing either they were playing football or watching TV. Can somebody be really busy to worship God? I think all depends where our priorities are. If you love God, nothing would prevent you from going to church. On the Sabbath day, you would get up very early and go worship him. There is no excuse not to do it. The bible says we should love God with all our mind, our soul and our heart and we should love our neighbors like ourselves. When you truly love him, you would be more than ready to serve him under any circumstances.
Something that has worked for me is to prepare the next day the night before. I usually choose the dress I would wear, I prepare my offering on Saturday and I go to bed early latest at 10 pm so that I can wake up early too. On Sunday morning, everything is already prepared and I just have to wear my clothes, get my bible and I am gone to church. I usually have two services per week on Wednesdays and on Sundays and I never miss a service. I think you too reading this article can do the same if you plan your life as I do. There is nothing you cannot achieve by planning. I hope you would put God first in your life like I do. I wish you all a nice day.
Proverbs 6:2 “Though are snared with the words of your mouth.”
The words that you speak make you or break you. You should speak that edify and not words that would bring you down. Your journey in life would go as far as your words take you. When you say “I am defeated, I am broke, I am a failure that is what you would get in life. We should be careful about the words we speak. A lot of people like to say they are broke and as soon as you declare it, brokenness comes looking for you.
The bible says let the weak say they are strong and let the poor say they are rich. The words you speak would either bless you or bring you down. Long ago, I decided never to say a foul word again all the days of my life. When I am weak, I say I am strong; when I am broke, I say I am rich. The words I speak manifest in my life and because my confessions are positive, that is what I get in life. Any time you speak doubt it comes looking for you in your life. Doubt rises up and fills your mind.
It is therefore important that we should speak the right words. Recently a friend of mine came visiting me and he told me how his business was slow, how since he opened his company, he has got no contracts. He told me he has thought several times about committing suicide. I told him never to say that again at my side. I told him his confessions should rather be “I can see contracts coming from all directions.” And when he declares like that and believe God, contracts would come from every direction. I am yet to hear from him but I believe that if he follows my advice, those contracts would come into his life. Speaking the right words is a sure way of receiving from God. Words filled with faith are the most powerful thing in the world. Faith that receives the promises of God would only work by believing and by saying.