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.
On my last post i talked about the weapons of our warfare which consist of:
- The name of Jesus
- The blood of Jesus
- Fasting and prayers
- Praises and worship
Shouting was used by the ancient apostles to worship and praise God. When we shout our voices we invite the presence of God in the scene.
Clapping of hands
By clapping we worship God and we clap to show our approval to his words. Clapping is very important to our spiritual growth. Ezekiel 21:14
The name of Jesus
In the book of Acts 3:6 Peter said:
“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
We can see here how powerful the name of Jesus is. Peter declares here that he does not have money to give the lame man but what he has he is giving which is the name of Jesus. And as soon as he declared the lame was healed immediately.
The blood of Jesus
The blood of Jesus is another very important weapon we have at our hands. The blood of Jesus is our protection against the arrows of the enemy who seeks to destroy us on a daily basis.
Fasting and prayers
In the book of John when the disciples went to cast out demons, they could not and when they asked Jesus why they could not, Jesus told them that one can only come out by prayers and by fasting.
Praises and worship
The bible says after Paul and Silas prayed for so long after they were put in jail, they started praising God and suddenly there was a great earthquake that shook the prison and permitted them to escape from jail.
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Many of us are Christians today but do we really have God’s spirit? Many people would readily answer yes to this question but are we really inhabited by the spirit of God? What many of us do not realise is that though we may be Christians, because of our foundations, we may not have God’s spirit. You may ask which foundation I am talking about.
Well because we come from families where our parents formerly worshiped idols, or may be our grandparents worshiped idols, we need to be disconnected ourselves from this through deliverance. Only after deliverance can our life be joyful and we can thus fully worship Jesus Christ and also live fully our Christian life.
The bible says in John 4:24 that
“God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship in truth and in spirit.”
We can only worship God in truth and in spirit if we have completely disconnected ourselves from our past activities or those of our parents.
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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.