Finish Strong

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it."  1Corinthians 9: 24 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 1Corinthians 9: 24-27, Hebrews 12: 1, 

As humans, we are excited to start but God is more excited to finish.

The obstacles you go through in life are like hurdles. It doesn’t mean you won’t get more. It just means you are closer to finishing. It is not who gets there first that counts it is who is running according to the qualification of the race. It is not how you start that matters, it is how you finish.

To be able to run the race, you have to put down the weights like; anxiety, fear, thoughts. When was the last time you went down on your knees to just thank God without asking for anything? God has a need, he wants you to worship him. Why do you show up grumpy to God? Many finish very weak, many end the year very weak and they expect a better next year but it doesn’t work that way. You need to finish strong. You need an attitude of gratitude. You have to be thankful.

Do not be distracted by people ahead of you in the race, you are a star, do not compare your race with others. To finish strong, you need to be thankful. Life will always throw something your way but you will overcome it. You finish strong by understanding that God has been faithful, knowing you have life by grace, by faith & by being grateful. The world doesn’t reward complainers, it rewards champions. God can give you back what you thought you have lost through grace.

Focus on yourself. Focus on the race. Forget about the distractions. Learn to persevere.

Against all odds

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.” Genesis 31: 42 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Genesis 31: 36-42, Genesis 28: 11-22, Psalms 23: 1, 

There are 3 major reasons why people don’t fulfil destiny.

⁃ Laziness: when you are so lazy, you can’t fulfil destiny. Laziness stops people from achieving greatness.

⁃ Procrastination: it’s saying you will do something tomorrow & that tomorrow never comes.

⁃ Excuses: trying to give a reason why you can’t do something. 

A dream makes you go against all odds. Anytime you think about quitting, remember and think about the dream God showed you. When you feel weak or discouraged, remember God’s promises concerning you. What have you been facing, that has made you give up? If you are not a quitter but a sticker, you will be rewarded. Is that dream still alive in you? Or have you changed it? If God showed you, take the little steps. If you can be faithful in the little things, God will bless you will plenty. Why do you give up easily?

Why should I pray?

By Pastor Drew Ugbogbo

"Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church." Acts 12: 5 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Acts 12: 1-5,  Psalms 115: 12, Matthew 6: 5, 1 Thessalonians 5: 17, Luke 18: 1, Daniel 2: 13-21, Daniel 2: 46, Isaiah 62: 6, Exodus 32: 13, 2 Chronicles 7: 1, James 5: 17, 1 kings 17: 7, Exodus 2: 23, Matthew 7: 7, Luke 9: 10, Isaiah 43: 4. Zephaniah 3: 17-19. Psalms 103: 4, Psalm 22: 2, Matthew 11: 12.

God is not moved by emotions or tears, he is moved by your faith, prayers and confidence in his word. Wake up to your God given authority. God expect his children to be in constant communication with heaven.Jesus knew that we would experience storms of life so that’s why he admonished us to pray. It all depends on your prayer life. It is your prayer life that determines the outcome; victory or disappointment. The reason you are lazy in your prayer life is because you are comfortable. 

⁃ We pray to exert a restraining order against every satanic devices working contrary to God’s agenda.

⁃ We pray so all the forces of hell bow before us. 

⁃ We pray to stop the fear of God to the heat of those planning our destruction. 

⁃ We pray so that believing souls know that we serve a living God.

⁃ We pray to defile the laws of men against our beliefs.

⁃ We pray to defile the gods of this world. 

⁃ We pray to maintain daily victory

⁃ We pray to showcase the superior power against the inferior 

⁃ We pray for god to defeat the words and words of elites over our lives.

⁃ We pray to put God in remembrance of his promises.

⁃ We pray in order for God to hasten to perform his works in our lives.

- We pray to experience the fire of the holy ghost in all aspects of our life.  

- We pray to invoke the supreme power of God to overturn and overthrow the laws of the world.

- We pray to put our assigned angels on notice about kingdom mandate. 

We should pray with a serious intention to see change. We should pray to seriously place a demand to stop or change something. It takes prayer for the prophetic declarations on our life to come to fruition.,Until you cry a cry of desperation God will not render help. Our open mouth renders the miracle. Prayer suspends and releases natural laws. 

You don’t speak to the devil when your knees have not been burnt at the prayer alter.

The power of the right image. Contd

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

 "Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” Jeremiah 1: 11-12 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Jeremiah 1: 4-12, Matthew 5: 5, Galatians 2: 20, Isaiah 49: 16, Psalms 102: 14.

What you see determines what you become. Do you see what God sees or what the world sees? 

Self image is defined as an idea of ones vault, appearance or self worth. It is a mental picture of a kind that is difficult to change. It is an answer to the question “what do you believe that people think about you?” Your behaviour, attitude and personality is being shaped by what people say about you.Self image is as a result of: How you see yourself, How others see you and How you think others perceive you.

Achievement in life easily comes based on the perception of the achiever. You are believing what the world is saying rather than what the word is saying and that happens sometimes because you don’t even know what the word says about you. Go to the word of God to find your true self.

Self image has a way of affecting your confidence. It doesn’t matter what you are told because it is irrelevant, it is what you believe that matters. Don’t waste time trying to please people who don’t like you. Don’t try to fit it. Build yourself in Christ image and not self image. Don’t allow external to determine the internal. Self image affects your potential. The reason why you are not achieving so much is because you are allowing other people’s opinion affect you. Don’t allow people’s opinion put you down! Anytime you imitate someone, you can only be a second best.

Let the word of God be your mirror. You are very rare. You are an individual by yourself. You are valuable! The moment you try to copy someone, you loose your originality. If you see what God sees, you move faster in life.

The power of the right image

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

 "Clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews?" Job 10: 11 (NKJV)

Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 16: 7, Romans 12: 2, Psalms 139: 13-16, Galatians 2: 20.

Self esteem comes out of self image. People are not word based but world based. The world has brought an image of what you should look like and people now respond to the world not the word. The world has painted how images should be and we are trying to fit into it.

Until the inside is fixed, the outside is nothing. The challenge is that it is not what you have outside that determines who you are but what you have inside. Self image is based on the opinion of people around you. You categorize success based on the world’s esteem which has affected your self esteem and your self image. The world wants you to look like everyone so you disvalue yourself. You try to be accepted by them by going away from God.

Why are you trying to fit into what everybody said when you are unique? You are different! People’s opinion should determine how you feel. The one who created you has said that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You can’t achieve greatness if the perception of yourself is wrong.

Be free! Be yourself! Be real.

 

Acceleration for Recovery

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it". Amos 9vs 13 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Joel 2, Deuteronomy 2: 3, Philippians 2: 5-11, 1 Corinthians 15: 33, 1 Samuel 30: 5-9.

Many people give up on certain things at this time of the year. God is reminding us that he is able to do what he says he will do and it is not too late for him to do this. Certain things have been lost. God is in the mindset of changing the situation around.

Humans beings give up easily and the hardest thing is we give up on ourselves. If you give up, there is nothing God can do. Until your faith adjust to the heart currency of God, nothing happens. God wants to move you faster than you think. He wants to give you speed. God is able to move faster than you think. As a believer you are supposed to move with supersonic speed; speed of delivery. You cannot stand still in one place if your mind travels. The lord wants to move you but you have to see God moving you. It’s time to move! 

Acceleration is tied to restoration. God’s design is for him to restore the time you have wasted and lost. You have to take the first step. Get out of your comfort zone. Get out of that stagnant position. If you can take the first step, God will take the rest. It is not what you are doing that brings it, but the action of faith. There is no case that is too big for God to solve. When God wants to accelerate you, look out for these five things; Attitude, Association, Anxiety and Antagonist .

1. Attitude: your attitude matters. If you need someone to make you excited in the presence of God, then maybe you are not ready for speed. You cannot move forward if you are always offended. Offended people offend you. Shake the issue off! Once you are around bleeding people, you get the blood. Cut off from people that are always offended. Once you carry bitterness, you can’t travel far. 

2. Association: the people around you determine how far or slow you go in life. It’s better to travel alone and get to your destination than go with the crowd that go nowhere. Who are the people around you? Be careful of the people around you. Who speaks to you? The worst thing in life is for you to be going through something and being with people that are going through the same thing. Your net worth is determined by your network. Don’t go where you are tolerated, go to where you are celebrated. Don’t associate with people from where you were, associate with people for where you are going.

What is happening around you can’t stop God from accelerating you, it is what is in you.

Turn Around

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward." Deuteronomy 2: 3 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Deuteronomy 1: 17, Psalms 126: 1-4, Genesis 22, 2 Timothy 4, Matthew 13: 4-5, Isaiah 45: 13, Ezra 1: 2-3, Exodus 23: 25-27, Psalms 100: 2, Psalms 22: 30, Isaiah 45: 1-3.

Many at times, people feel like when God does a 360 degree turn for you, it means you are coming back to where you started from but God is saying no. There have been certain destinies that have been locked and for God to open it, he has to turn things around.

When God decides to turn things around he wants you to soar, to achieve greatness. There has to be certain covenant you have to do for things to turn around in your life. Until you do certain things yourself, nothing will turn around. 

⁃ Prompt obedience: you must be willing to obey. On whose terms do you serve God? Half obedience is not obedience. Don’t ever think you can outsmart God; he is your creator. Enjoy good things but not at the expense of God’s things. obey God’s words, his voice, his precepts, his principles. “To obey is better than sacrifice”. Disobedience is equivalent to witchcraft. Anything God asks you to do will align with his word. Nothing God will say will contradict his word.

⁃ Kingdom service: be focused on kingdom service. Engage in it. Don’t just show up in church and sit down; show up and be a vessel. Once you begin to serve the lord, God will begin to fight for you. Serve God truthfully and not men. Serve with gladness. Serve him with soul winning.

Picture

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them." Genesis 11: 6 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Joshua 1: 8, Psalms 1: 2-3. 

If you want to succeed, you will have to have a picture. Picture speaks. A picture is worth more than words says. Pictures changes the way you do things. It changes the way you react. In life, people that succeed are people that have picture of success. Success is not an accident, it is intentional. If you see the picture, you will get the result. 

When your imagination is at work, you are meditating. Imagination is image formation. The image you are forming in your mind is the result you get tomorrow. To achieve success you must picture success. What picture are you seeing about your life? You have to be careful with the picture you expose yourself to because it sends a message to your brain. What do you see when you close your eyes? Do you see what they say or what God says? What image formation do you see? Who do you surround yourself with? What do you remind yourself about?

Whatever image you see is what you become. Who is painting on the picture of your imagination? God can never expose you to something he does not want to give you. Check the image check yourself.  Whose have do you see? What picture do you see? If you want to succeed change that picture. The power is in yourself. Delete what you don't want till you see what you want. Be careful what you expose yourself to, what you see, what you hear,

What is in your subconscious.  Do you see yourself dying or living? Hold that image.

Achieving success: Achieving your dream

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh." Genesis 41: 14 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Acts 27, Acts 28.

When you fulfill heavens dream for your life, you are successful. Success is the realization for God's dream for your life. What had God showed you? You achieving this shows you are successful.  Success is only for those who dream. People who change the world are dreamers. What is your dream right now? Without dream you can't fulfil the purpose God has put in your life. When you hear the word two it means God wants it to happen in your life. When was the last time you dreamt? What have you dreamt about? Are you dreaming? The reason you are hated is not because of your personality but because of the dream you carry.

Dream is very important to your future. You have carried you dream for too long it is now time for a manifestation. Who are you hanging around with? Are you around dreamer? When they speak what do they say? If you are at a place and your dream can't be celebrated keep quiet. If you have a dream all you need is to be around dream encouragers. The challenge is when you have a dream and the other person does not have a dream. Whatever you see from the dream is supposed to be manifested.

Your dream is not about your external circumstance it is about the internal. Your circumstance does not matter all that matter is the success of achieving your dream. 

Where are you going? How far are you willing to go? When you carry something you can't die before your time. When you attack something you can't attract it.

The reality of the dream stoped Joseph from sinning. Do not kill your dream with sin. Your dream should be important enough to keep you away from sin. When people commit sin they have no dream. It does not matt what you are going through as long as you have a dream you'll pull through. 

Whatever has kept you back is sending for you. 

A dreamer knows how to interpret a dream. If you do not have a dream anyone can decide to give you their own. Whoever has forgotten you the lord will place a dream that they will remember you. 

You can't give you now you have come too far. Do not let anyone tell you, you can't achieve or arrive. What kind of face are you carrying all around. To fulfil that dream shave it.  Psalm 105:19. 

The time of the fulfilment of your dream is now.

Praise until something happens

By Pastor Matthew Kassim

"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4: 24 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: John 4: 21-24, Psalms 34: 1, Psalms 57: 7, Psalms 104: 33, John 14: 6, John 15: 13, Matthew 5.

In life, you need a formula to be able to understand it. Different people have different formulas; some are good, some are bad. It is difficult for us to praise God when we are going through pains. If your praise is on, things will work out for you.

Worship is like a love song, love poem you give to God. Worship is a relationship that comes from the heart. It is an expression from the heart. The Holy Spirit has to align with your spirit to revel Jesus to you for your worship to be accepted. Everything about worship is centred on Jesus. If can worship God from the depth of your heart, all things will work together for your good. Instrument is very peculiar in the sight of God when worship is involved. The anointing makes the difference.

To get into the heart of Jesus, you need to worship.

The devil's main objective is to dethrone the name of God in your life. Contd

By Pastor Drew Ugbogbo

"Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3: 4-5 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Genesis 3: 1-9, Psalms 8: 5-6, Ezekiel 28: 12-19, Genesis 2: 9, 1 Corinthians 6: 12, Isaiah 14: 12-14, Isaiah 14: 11-15, 1 Timothy 3: 6, James 4: 6, Daniel 4: 27-37, Genesis 3: 17-18.

⁃ Pride: God doesn't create monsters but the pride of life, turns God's creation to monsters. There is absolutely nothing that you have that wasn't given to you. Pride is a killer disease! Are you desiring to be wise in the things of the kingdom or to self will? Pride doesn't start in a day, it is very deceptive. Association can also bring pride.God is God! He is in charge of all things created. Anyone that walks in pride, God is able to lower them to nought and humble them. Pride is destructive in its roots. 

⁃ Blindfolding weapon of the enemy: Once you become subject to the devil's alternative, he blindfolds you from both spiritual and physical consequences.

⁃ Lost of crown and glory: If you don't open your mouth and speak against the intruder, it will take over your life. If don't take charge of your home, business, church, life, and you make fail to establish your stand and principles, you will be dethroned. Let the devil know who is in charge of your life, health, finances etc unless you will loose your crown of glory. You must open your mouth to create the kind of future you want. If you refuse to speak, the intruder will take over your allocated destiny. 

To soar high, you must make sure the Holy Spirit is at the control tower of your life which is your mind. You must make sure you are living the plan of God concerning your life. The devil is only interested in rubbishing your testimony back on God's face.

The devil's main objective is to dethrone the name of God in your life

By Pastor Drew Ugbogbo

"Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3: 4-5 (NKJV)

 Bible Reading: Genesis 3: 1-9, Psalms 8: 5-6, Genesis 2: 7-8, Genesis 2: 19, 2 Samuel 11: 2, 2 Peter 2: 15-16, Philippians 2: 5, 1 Kings 13: 14-18, 1 Kings 13: 2-11, 1 Kings 13: 23-24. Psalms 8: 5-6, 1 Samuel 15: 1-9.

Devil's main objective is to dethrone the sons of God. There are five methods through which the devil robs us as Christians of our divine destiny. 

⁃ Anytime you go to see what you are not meant to see, you are giving the enemy permission to your control tower; which is your mind.

⁃ Once the devil gains access into your mind, he give an alternative to God's plan and instruction for your life. Anytime you see alternative to God's plan for your life, it is the beginning of dethronement of your colourful destiny. Watch your mouth! It is not every information that you give out. Once you are seeing alternatives, you loose your honour. You have to follow God's clear instructions in order to soar high. The devil gives alternative to make you loose the grace of God on your life. The enemy will not tell you the consequences of what the alternative he is giving you will do.

Are you hiding from the voice of God?

 

Secrets to soaring to greater heights: The Seed Factor.

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

 "And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth." 1 Kings 17: 13-14 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 1 Kings 17: 8-15, 2 Chronicles 20: 20, Isaiah 51: 2, Galatians 2: 21, Ecclesiastics 7: 12, Genesis 11, Genesis 14: 20, Genesis 14: 14, Genesis 18: 2-10, Genesis 21, John 12: 24, John 3: 16, Genesis 22: 2-3,  2 Corinthians 9: 8, Philippians 4: 12. 

Nothing is permitted to multiply or grow until it is sown as a seed. To soar to new levels, you have to create channels. Until you create channels, never expect a flow. If you want to enjoy what Abraham enjoyed, you have to do what he did. Money is a defence. If you don't have it, you can't defend yourself. For money to flow your way, you have to create channels. When God wants to bless people, he doesn't bless them in a group. It's an individual blessing in response to how their faith is activated. It's good to associate with people that are blessed as it would rub off on you. If you are a channel, there will be residue for you.

Seven channels Abraham created;

⁃ Tithe.

⁃ Feeding the homeless, less privilege, orphans, widows & widowers: The hand of the giver is always on top. 

⁃ Feeding strangers: If God is going to lift you high, you must create a channel of entertaining strangers which may be angels. Your solution is in the blessing of strangers.

⁃ Offerings: When you give offerings, it brings breakthrough.

⁃ Bless the prophet God has placed over your life. 

⁃ Giving for the kingdom; kingdom offerings, kingdom projects: Give towards God's house.

⁃ Giving to your parents: If you give to your parents, they will bless you. There is a blessing they will put on you if you give them. 

Why are you not receiving when you give;

⁃ Give with love: You can give without loving but you can't live without giving. If you give with love, you will get it back. 

⁃ Give promptly: When you give promptly, you receive promptly. Delayed obedience is disobedience.

⁃ Give cheerfully: If you give grudgingly, you will not receive. 

⁃ Give willingly: God loves people who are willing. Don't give in pressure, give in pleasure. 

⁃ Give on a fertile soil: To know a fertile soil, pray and ask God.

⁃ Give with an expectation.

Secrets to soaring to greater heights: The Tithe Factor.

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Genesis 28: 20-22 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: John 13: 34, Leviticus 27: 30-31, Matthew 23: 23, Hebrews 7: 7, Genesis 33: 4, Haggai 2: 8-9, 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8, Genesis 32: 24-30, Genesis 31: 11.

The reason why the church is not seeing the glory of God in the way it should is because there is no love within the church. The foundation of going high in life is love. 

The law and principle of tithing has been misunderstood in the church. Tithe existed in 3 stages in the bible; before the law with Jacob, with Abraham & at the garden of Eden, it was reenacted during the law. The reason why you are not going higher is because you have robbed God. The part of the scripture you are not keeping and breaking, is the part that is breaking parts of your life.

Tithe is the first thing you remove! It is 10 percent of whatever you receive. You remove tithe from everything you get. Your organization/ business has to tithe. If you don't tithe, the devil carries it by force and it blows away.

When you tithe;

⁃ God pours out an overflowing blessings upon you.

⁃ God protects the remaining 90%

⁃ Your tithe speaks for you

⁃ God preserves you, your children and your seed.

⁃ God provides.

⁃ God prepares your tomorrow and you for your tomorrow.

⁃ God shows you a plan for prosperity.

Soaring to greater heights: Introduction. (Part 2)

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40: 31 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Deuteronomy 32: 8-14, Hebrews 12: 1-2, Ephesians 2: 6, Hebrews 1: 21, Numbers 23: 8, Genesis 49.

Life gives us choices. We choose what we want. Anytime you have a strange god, you cut down your life. Strange gods cut your destiny short. Before you look up to Jesus you have to remove the strange things. Those strange gods are weights that needs to be cut off. When you have strange gods it means you love it more than God. Everything about you should be more about God not the issue. What is a god in your life? What gods do you carry? Could your god be anger? The strange god's might be something near you, your character, something you give attention to. 

Avoid distractions. Strange god's distract you when you don't deal with it. It is dangerous to be distracted when you are on the sky. You can't attract what you don't celebrate. To go up, you have to lay aside these strange things. God has a way to recompense you to catch up on your blessings. Never feel like time is passing you by; the owner of time is your creator. 

When there was no strange gods, God would lead you to the top of the mountain and the sky. You must pass through the cloud. The crowd level distracts, its the cloud level that takes us to our destiny. If you look up you go up and of you look down you go down. Not everyone in the crowd loves you. Stop allowing people to limit you. The reason you are limited in your flight is because you are looking around you. You have to look up. When you look up, you are focused. 

You go through a turbulence because in the flight of life even though you are cruising, there are winds that come against you. What will destroy you has no been created. As long as God is your creator, that flight cannot come down.

All you need to do is be still and know that he is God. What you are worried about has a capacity to destroy you.

Soaring to greater heights: Introduction (Change of levels).

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40: 31 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Deuteronomy 32: 8-14.

The bible equates our life with that of an eagle. What causes you to go higher? When and if God can find you, you are destined to go higher. A lot of people want to be lifted by God but are hiding from him. God is looking for you, where are you? In the plan for eternity and destiny, where are you? We are not there for God but we want him to be there for us. Wherever you are right now, is by the leading of his word. Not only did God lead you, he lifted you.

God's desire is to lift you up. But as you are being lifted there are forces pushing you, wanting you to go down and be grounded. What is trying to push you down? Christ never leads you without going through it himself. Forces try to push you down because they want you to be on the same level as them. 

Stop looking for a crowd to go with you. Stop looking for people's approval. You need to be with God, not the rest. The reason they force you down is because they do not want you to eat. You can't eat the best from the ground, you eat from the top. When you eat from the ground, you are limited. People that eat from the top have dominion while those that eat from the ground are grounded. When God picked you, He saw your situation, your cry.

Any time you are changing levels there are forces working to stop you. You may not see what you are going through but you can feel the weight. All the things you are facing happens at the take off stage. As long as you hope in the lord, there will be a renewal of strength. Whenever you hope in God, you have just renewed His commitment to you. The reason why God is leading you up is because from up, you will eat the best of the land. God has a purpose and plan. When things are pushing you down, just remember that it is because of where you are going to.

How to rise up, is to make sure there is no bitterness in you. When you are bitter, you cannot be better. Don't pay attention to those that criticize you. No matter the turbulence, it doesn't kill.

God never promised a smooth flight, but he promised a smooth landing.

Branding

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking." Ruth 3: 3 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Ruth 3: 1-3, Ruth 3: 11.

Branding is one of the most important aspect of any business for it to survive. A brand makes sure that the name delivers. Your business is your brand whether or not you brand it. Life itself is all about branding. Branding is your promise to your customer.

Many of us want God to brand us but that is something you are supposed to do with yourself. How you carry yourself, determines how people would carry you. What you wear, your attitude, language and character tells the product you are carrying. Branding is about you!

The people you associate with you affects your brand. When I see your friends, I can tell your brand. What is your brand? If you want to succeed in life, internally and externally, rebrand yourself. What is the brand you are creating? "What do we get when we get you?" (TD Jakes).

You don't attract what you say, you attract who you are. If you are not it, you won't get it. Who exactly are you? What is the mission of your company? From now, let everything you do reinforce your brand. "Who you speaks so loud that I won't hear what you say". Stop wearing someone else's brand. Wear your own. Stop copying other people.

When you are branded, you know who you are and you can make a demand.

Empowering emerging entrepreneur: Finding your core

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it." Genesis 2: 15 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Genesis 3: 9, Genesis 2: 5, Luke 19. 

God created everyone for a specific reason. Everything has a rhythm. To understand the rhythm, you go to the core. 

Entrepreneurship is doing what you are called to do judiciously. Locate why you exist and to it well and in the right way. God created you as an entrepreneur from the foundation of the earth. You may not be living the life you are called to live because you have not yet discovered what you are meant to do. Entrepreneurship doesn't necessarily mean you have to go and open a store.

Adam was the first entrepreneur. What garden did God place you in? That something you can do even when you are woken up from sleep without resistance, that is your garden of Eden. The garden is where God gave you. What is it that you can do, and how much has it brought you?

Some of you have been misplaced because you haven't gone down to find out who you really are. God placed a seed of greatness in you. If you find your core, it has the ability to replicate itself and manifest into something big. The seed has the potential in it but you must be able to locate the seed and to locate the seed, you must cut through. To understand who you are, you must get through the core and cut through. Cutting through is painful and bloody. To be who God wants you to be, you must cut through some hindrances. Don't be afraid of death, it's actually what motivates you to live. God has put an idea in you and he has placed you in charge of it and expects you to work it out.

Where are you? The question is not with regards to your faith but in regards to what God has called you to do and what he has entrusted into your care. People don't do what they are supposed to do, because they don't want people to talk negatively about them. Find the rhythm that you belong to. What God gave you, is it hitting the soil of destiny to reap? Or have you been wasting what he has given you?

In his presence without a word

"Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." Luke 7: 47 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 7: 36-50, Matthew 26: 6-13, John 12: 1-7, Matthew 36: 13, Acts 10: 4

There are principles that if we follow and abide by, will secure our future and our generations to come. 

⁃ You must learn to seize opportunities. Learn to capitalize on other people's opportunities.

⁃ You must present yourself holy unto the lord as a living sacrifice. God is more interested in you than your sacrifice. Your outward expression has to project what your inward spirit yearns for. 

⁃ You must worship. True worship is not "notice-me". A true worshippers doesn't care what their neighbours are saying about them.

⁃ You must sow sacrificially. Your giving delivers you from poverty. Your seed never dies. Acts 10vs 5. You must have the right attitude. Your attitude should be a difference maker. 

⁃ You must have a set goal. 

⁃ You must be resolute and firm in your decisions.

⁃ You must be dedicated to achieve your set goals. Don't allow people's criticism get to you. Don't be distracted. 

⁃ You must allow room for God to answer for you. 

It is okay to be in the presence of God without a word and he would still answer. Don't mock God's creation. Pray for them. If you mock them, you are mocking God. Don't answer your critics, it is a waste of time. Channel that time to your maker. Introduce Jesus into the souls that do not know him.

Unleash your talent

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents." Matthew 25: 26-28 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Matthew 25: 14-28, 2 Corinthians 4: 7-8, 1 John 3: 8, Luke 19: 11, 2 Kings 4.

Everyone has been build for something.

Nobody came into this world by accident. You are in this world because are being sent for a purpose. Everybody has a talent. It is not about what is on the outside of you; it is what is on the inside that matters. People have caged what is on the inside & it's not supposed to be so. Everyone was sent for ah assignment. Your talent is not supposed to be hidden. Some people have tied their gifts.

Your natural ability was given to you to serve God but your spiritual ability was given to you to serve humanity. You have no excuse. What are you doing with what you have? What you have is not based on your strength but on God. The gift that is in you is supposed to bring you money. Some people are playing it safe so they don't want to jump.

Every star must have a scar. You can't be great in life without sustaining some kind of injuries. People will hurt you. Shut the door behind you and ask yourself what you have. You have something on the inside of you. You are not a trash, you are a treasure. Some people are waiting on God whereas God has already put in you. Don't live an average life! Nobody pays to see an average person. God has given you a talent and all you are doing is wasting it.

People's opinions about you shouldn't matter. They did not put anything in you. God never created an average. He created the best. Stop looking for people to like you. The moment you want people to like you, that is the moment you have short-mortgaged your destiny. You may be down, but it doesn't mean that you are out. Don't be lazy with the vision God has given you. The owner (God) of the talent will come back for it one day.

What are you doing with what you carry?