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Making Maximum Impact In Life (2)

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I’m glad to bring the second part of this series. Last week, I discussed three of the ingredients for making maximum impact in life including salvation, discipleship and divine purpose. I want to discuss two more ingredients this week.
• FOCUS – Focus means single-mindedness, concentration. In 1 Kings 20:39-40, a man was busy going here and there and lost what was kept in his custody. You can’t make maximum impact in life if you’re here and there, if you dabble into everything. “Like a bird that wanders from its nest is a man who wanders from his place” (Proverbs 27:8 NKJV). You must set your face on what is needful, and not what is convenient. “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42 KJV). Set your face on your purpose (like a flint or stone) ¬– be determined – and you’ll be able to make maximum impact. Isaiah 50:7 says, “For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed” (NKJV).
In Luke 9:51, the Bible tells us the steadfastness of Jesus in the pursuit of his life’s assignment. “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (NKJV). The New Living Translation says, “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” That means nothing could stop Jesus because he was focused on going to Jerusalem. You need to be steadfast like that.

In 2 Kings 12, because of the focus of Hazael king of Syria – he set his face to go up to Jerusalem for war – Jehoash king of Judah was so intimidated that he did what was wrong – he took all the sacred things that his fathers, Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own sacred things, and all the gold found in the treasuries of the house of the LORD and in the king’s house, and sent them to Hazael king of Syria. That was the only reason Hazael went away from Jerusalem (2 Kings 12:17-18).
No one will make maximum impact in life who does not set his face like a stone, who lacks focus. Those who set their face tend to achieve more than those who don’t. The four friends of the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12 exemplified this. When the crowd posed a barrier to getting the paralytic to Jesus to heal, they removed the roof of the house where Jesus was ministering and lowered him down. The crowd couldn’t stop them. Their approach was unconventional, and it demonstrated their focus. Mark 2:5 says, “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector was also a focused man. He didn’t allow the large crowd, his height or his social status to hinder from seeing Jesus. He did what he had to do by climbing a sycamore tree to see him. He didn’t just see Jesus, Jesus saw him, and followed him home – salvation came to his house (Luke 19:1-10).
Dwight L. Moody says, “Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.” Be focused. Don’t dabble into different things.
• THE ANOINTING – Without the anointing, the disciples of Jesus would not have affected their world the way they did. Once the anointing came, Peter who had denied Jesus before a little girl was bold to preach on the day of Pentecost, and three thousand souls were saved in just one meeting.
In Acts 17:1, the disciples were described as those who turned the world upside down. That’s maximum impact. When one realizes their diverse backgrounds as fishermen, tax collectors, businessmen, etc. one can only acknowledge that it was the work of the anointing. The Bible confirms this in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38 New King James Version). Indeed, the anointing destroys the yoke (Isaiah 10:27).
It doesn’t matter your field of human endeavour, godly venture, you need the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon your life to make maximum impact. The anointing is for believers not for pastors only!
I believe you’ve been blessed. I’ll continue this series next week. Act upon the word you’ve read.
TAKE ACTION!
If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be.

MAKING MAXIMUM IMPACT IN LIFE (3)
BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
So far in this series, I have discussed following ingredients for making maximum impact in life, namely salvation, discipleship, divine purpose, focus and the anointing. I’ll discuss two additional ingredients in this edition.
• GRACE – Grace is the force of God which causes a man to do more than his natural ability. Embrace grace; receive grace. Grace will make you. Paul recognized the role of grace in his ministry – he couldn’t do without it; he spoke about it a lot. In 1 Corinthians 15:10, he says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (New King James Version).
Paul says again in Romans 15:15, “Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God” (New King James Version). Grace was given to Paul, and it is not exclusively reserved for him. It is available to you too. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work’’ (New King James Version).
You must not just receive grace, you must be strong in grace “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1 New King James Version).
With grace, you’re sufficient despite your inadequacies – grace will compensate for your weakness. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9 New King James Version). The sufficiency you need to make maximum impact, grace makes available to you. Make sure you receive and embrace grace that God makes available in order to be able to make maximum impact. Grace upon your life exempts you from disgrace! Maximum impact is a function of grace. Grace made Paul; it will make you. Pray for it, and God will give you.
• DILIGENCE – But it wasn’t grace alone that made Paul a star. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:10 another thing that made him outstanding in addition to grace. He says “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (New King James Version).
Two factors Paul mentioned in that Scripture – grace and labour. I’ve already mentioned grace. Paul laboured in grace – not outside of grace or without grace. Don’t receive grace and just sit down – you’ll become a laughing stock. Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty” (New King James Version).
You can’t make maximum impact in life if you’re lazy. Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically” (New Living Translation). Take note of that adverb – enthusiastically.
The slothful or the lazy will never make any impact let alone maximum impact. The Bible does not spare the slothful. Proverbs 18:9 says, “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer” (New King James Version). Proverbs 12:24 says, “The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor” (New King James Version). That means that the diligent will have the upper hand.
You must add diligent labour to grace that you’ve received from the Lord. If Jesus had folded his arms having received grace, if he had not gone about his father’s business, he would have ended a failure despite being the Son of God. But hear what Jesus said: “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 New King James Version) And in John 5: 17, he said, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (New King James Version).
No lazy person will make any impact in life whether in ministry or in any other endeavour. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” (Proverbs 22:29 King James Version). That is a man who excels and is sharp, skillful and expert in his work will serve kings and not ordinary, common, undistinguished or obscure people. So get ready for serious labour if you desire to make maximum impact in life but don’t despise grace.
“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride,” so goes the saying. Don’t just desire to make maximum impact in life, bend down to work to achieve it. “The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor” (Proverbs 21:25 New King James Version).
Permit to stop here this week. I’ll continue next week. Act upon the word.
TAKE ACTION!
If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be.

MAKING MAXIMUM IMPACT IN LIFE (4)
BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
In past editions of this series, I discussed some ingredients for making maximum impact in life, namely salvation, discipleship, divine purpose, focus, the anointing, grace and diligence. My focus is still on that this week.
• RIGHT COMPANY – You need the right people in your life and around you. That’s why one of the first things Jesus did when he started his ministry was to call some people to follow him called disciples. Without the right people in your life and around you as a team, your impact will be hindered. Your spouse, friends, employees, partners, etc. are crucial to you making maximum impact in life. Therefore, you must ensure that you make right decisions on these.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend” (New Living Translation). Because of this importance of friendship, Proverbs 12:26 says, “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray” (New King James Version). No wonder the psalmist says in Psalm 119:63: “I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts” (New King James Version).
Be careful who you company with. You must not be casual about your choice of those you go into relationships with or who come into relationship with you. No one comes into your life and leaves you the same. He or she either adds to you or removes from you, makes you better or makes you bitter, lifts you up or pulls you down. “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20 New King James Version).
It is because of the extreme importance of the company you keep that the Bible warns, “Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul” (Proverbs 22:24-25 New King James Version). It is not a matter to be treated with levity; it is a serious issue. The quality of the company you have will determine a great deal the level of impact you’ll make in life.
If you want to make maximum impact you look for quality people or willing and faithful people you can give quality leadership to that will unlock the treasures inside them. David made maximum impact with his army which also included men who would be considered a liability to any leader at the time they joined him (1 Samuel 22:2). The Bible tells us these ones who would have been disqualified in many recruitment exercises because they may be considered as emotionally unfit later became mighty men.
You need an outstanding company to make maximum impact in life. And to achieve this, you need to have people skill – social intelligence, the ability to work with people, effective human relations. Anyone who doesn’t know how to get along with people will end up being a failure in life.
• WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE – A dictionary has defined wisdom as good sense – the ability to make decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience. Understanding has been defined as the ability to grasp meaning, knowledge of something, interpretation of something and mutual comprehension. Knowledge on the other hand means information in mind, specific information, all that can be known, learning through experience and study.
No fool will make any impact in life not to talk of making maximum impact without these three interrelated virtues. Fools won’t even desire it. Wisdom, understanding and knowledge are part of the building blocks for a life of maximum impact. “A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.” (Proverbs 21:16 New King James Version)
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “Since a dull ax requires great strength, sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed” (New Living Translation). Fools will rather keep on working with dull axes than seek where to sharpen them – they consider doing that wasting of time. How foolish they are! And they end up wearing themselves out. “The labor of fools wearies them, for they do not even know how to go to the city!” (Ecclesiastes 10:15a New King James Version) But compare verse 15 to verse 16 and you’ll pity the foolish. “The labor of the righteous leads to life” (New King James Version). You need wisdom, understanding and knowledge to make maximum impact in life.
No one makes maximum impact in life who despises these three. Even God needed them in the work of creation! (Proverbs 3:19-20; Psalm 104:24)
I’ll stop here this week and talk more on wisdom, understanding and knowledge next week.
TAKE ACTION!
If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be.

MAKING MAXIMUM IMPACT IN LIFE (5)
BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO

Before I stopped last week, I was discussing wisdom, understanding and knowledge as one of the ingredients for making impact in life. I want to round off my discussion on that but other ingredients I talked about in the past were: salvation, discipleship, divine purpose, focus, the anointing, grace, diligence and right company.
Proverbs 24:3-4 also underscores how imperative wisdom, knowledge and understanding are in life. “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (New King James Version). No impact without wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Look at what verses 5-7 of Proverbs 24 say further: “A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; for by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate” (New King James Version).
Someone without wisdom, understanding and knowledge will live a mediocre life. If you want to make maximum impact in life you need these three, and if you can get wisdom – good sense (the ability to make decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience) – you would have gotten the three interrelated virtues. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (King James Version) And thank God, wisdom is available for all to have. The key is to ask from God in faith, and He’ll give liberally (James 1:5-8).
• FAITH AND PATIENCE – The twin component of faith and patience should be a close companion of anyone who wants to make maximum impact in life. You need faith in God because the challenge could be daunting; you need patience because maximum impact does not come immediately. Hebrews 6:12 says that you should make sure you “do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (New King James Version). The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). If you have faith in God to make maximum impact in your calling in life, He will reward your efforts with success. “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (James 1:3-4 New Living Translation).
• JUDICIOUS USE OF TIME – Do you have respect for time – yours and others’ time? A time waster is a life waster! John C. Maxwell said, “Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”
You must prioritize the use of your time to make impact in life. Your life can be ultimately broken down from years to seconds. Time is what God has given you to employ to fulfill your destiny. Like it has been rightly said, your destiny was written in eternity past but you don’t have eternity to fulfill it!
Jesus knew he didn’t have all the time – he had only three and a half years to do his ministry – and he maximized the short time to make maximum, eternal impact. It is not how long but how well. It is not the duration that determines the impact but the devotion. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom” (New Living Translation). There is a time for everything so don’t waste time; don’t misallocate time. “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 New Living Translation). Do the right thing at the right time and beware of those who want to waste your time. Whoever has no respect for your time has no regard for your destiny.
I believe you’ve been blessed. I’ll round off this series next week with the last ingredient I intend to discuss.
TAKE ACTION
If you are not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God”
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your area where you will be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. May the Lord be with you.

MAKING MAXIMUM IMPACT IN LIFE (6)
BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO

In this edition, I want to discuss ingredient for making maximum impact in life. Other ingredients I have discussed were: salvation, discipleship, divine purpose, focus, the anointing, grace, diligence and right company.
My prayer is that you’ll make maximum impact in life.
• SPIRITUAL WARFARE: I’ve not put this last because it is the least important. No. It’s vital. There are spiritual forces that don’t want some people to make any impact in life let alone maximum impact. This could be by way of ancestral curses which make people pay for what they’ve not bought! This is a great liability. With a curse upon Reuben by his father because of sexual immorality with his father’s wife, there was no way his tribe would excel no matter how much his descendants tried (Genesis 49:4). And with a curse upon Canaan because of the sin of Ham, his father, his descendants must become servants to their brethren! (Genesis 9:25) The two examples were cases of the fathers eating sour grapes, and the children’s teeth set on edge. But the God of justice and mercy said the Israelites would no longer use that proverb (Jeremiah 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:2-3).That proverb shall not be valid in your life any longer if there is such a pattern in Jesus’ name. Ancestral blessing shall take over from ancestral curse.
There are other curses the wicked ones, people like Balaam the son of Beor hired by Balak the son of Zippor to curse the Israelites (Numbers 22), place on people and evil spiritual activities frustrating their efforts in life and limiting their impact.
Every child of God must learn to engage in spiritual warfare to pray and possess what is rightly his from God. God shall hear the persistent cries of such victims and intervene. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to destroy all spiritual forces that want to sabotage the efforts of God’s children towards making maximum impact in life (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).
Don’t fold your arms and watch the devil short-circuit your destiny. You must not surrender your destiny to the forces of darkness. Rule in the in the midst of your enemies (Psalm 110:2b). Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). “Joseph is a fruitful tree, a fruitful tree beside a fountain. His branches reach over the wall. He has been attacked by archers, who shot at him and harassed him. But his bow remained strong, and his arms were strengthened by the Mighty One of Jacob, the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel” (New Living Translation). Before the very eyes of your enemies, you shall be fruitful in Jesus’ name.
CONCLUSION – Making maximum impact in life is not a joke. It doesn’t come easily. It doesn’t happen by merely wishing it but it is possible. If you’ll act on this message, you’ll live a fulfilled life and close your life on earth with the words of Paul that you’ve fought the good fight, you’ve finished the race, and you’ve kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
TAKE ACTION!
If you are not born again, I want to urge you to take the following steps:*Admit you’re a sinner and you can’t save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start to attend a Bible-believing, Bible -teaching church. There you will be taught how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God”
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your area where you will be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. May the Lord be with you.

PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESS (1)
BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
“Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, ‘Who shall be first to go up for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?’ And the LORD said, ‘Judah shall go up. Indeed I have delivered the land into his hand.’ So Judah said to Simeon his brother, ‘Come up with me to my allotted territory, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I will likewise go with you to your allotted territory.’ And Simeon went with him. Then Judah went up, and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand; and they killed ten thousand men at Bezek” (Judges 1:1-4 New King James Version).
The tribe of Judah requested the tribe of Simeon to join them to fight the Canaanites and promised to go with them to possess the land apportioned to them. In other words, they wanted a partnership which apparently proved to be very helpful; their partnership gave them victory as the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they killed ten thousand men at Bezek.
There is strength in partnership. Partnership is one of the ways to achieve success in life though not all partnerships produce positive result. One must prayerfully consider who one goes into partnership with, and one should be humble enough to request for partnership or assistance as led by the Spirit of the Lord. Don’t let pride make you avoid partnership because you don’t want to share credit for success or victory with another person. This mindset may cost you victory and you’ll bear alone the tragedy of your needless failure or defeat!
You’ll need partnership at one point or the other in your life for one assignment or project. It doesn’t have to last long; it could be for a particular season, assignment, job or project. It could be a loose arrangement to get something done from time to time or it could be to achieve a milestone or move from a certain level to another in your life, business, ministry or any organization.
In Luke 5:7, Peter was wise to shout for help from his partners, James and John (Verse 10) when his net was so full of fish and the boat was sinking and the net tearing. That miracle followed Jesus’ use of Peter’s boat as the platform to preach after Peter’s barren night of fishing. His partners brought their boat and offloaded the fish into their boat and the two boats were filled with fish. It was a win-win situation for both Peter and his partners. If Peter had no partner or had not called them, he could have lost his miracle! Most of the fish would have escaped back into the sea since Luke 5:6 says the net had begun to tear because of the volume of fish it caught.
Don’t be shy, proud or selfish to request for partnership or help but, as I’ve said, be led by the Spirit of God because not all help helps ultimately! Leviticus 26:8 says, “Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand! All your enemies will fall beneath the blows of your weapons” (New Living Translation). That is a progression from ratio 1:20 to ratio 1:100! An effective partnership produces that kind of result. Together with the right partner, you can achieve great things.
But sin will also expose someone to the counter effect of enemy-partnership against one. That’s actually what Deuteronomy 32:30 says: “How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had surrendered them?” (New King James Version) Christians often quote this scripture as a positive declaration but really in the context in which it is used in the Bible, it is a curse not a blessing. The phrase “unless their Rock had sold them” or forsaken them in that scripture refers to God, the Rock of the Israelites, forsaking them because of their sin. Your Rock shall not forsake you in Jesus’ name. God shall not hand you over to your enemies; your enemies shall not overpower you. You’ll experience Leviticus 26:8 and not Deuteronomy 32:30.
I’ll stop here this week and continue next week. Act upon the word of God.
TAKE ACTION!
If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be.

PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESS (2)
BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
Praise the Lord! It’s my pleasure to bring you the second part of this series. I’ll continue from where I stopped last week.
Jesus didn’t do a lone-ranger ministry. Though he ministered to the multitudes, he called a set of disciples later known as apostles to walk and work with him. He invited them to follow him (Matthew 4:19, 9:9; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27). He prayed and called twelve of them (Luke 6:12-13) discipling them with the intent that they would continue his ministry after he had finished his earthly ministry. Without these disciples – his partners – the ministry of Jesus could have died with him. That would have been a setback for God’s programme on earth. Because only human being could preach the gospel, angels can’t, God would have had to send another person to raise other people to preach the message of the Kingdom that Jesus preached!
One single person can’t do everything. Two are better than one, and three even better! “Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 New Living Translation).
Benefits of Partnership
• Partnership gives you a company. When you’re in the right partnership you’re not alone. Loneliness in your Christian walk, family, ministry, business or any other venture in life could sometimes be harmful. In Genesis 2:18, God said it is not good for man to be alone, and He made Eve for Adam.
Jesus needed the company of some of his disciples as he went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray just as his arrest was near. He took Peter, James, and John along to watch with him though they couldn’t watch with him even for one hour while he continued to pray as he was filled with horror and deep distress (Mark 14:32-41). Are you a faithful prayer partner? Can your prayer partner count on your support?
Also in 2 Timothy 4:16-17, we see the negative effect of loneliness – Paul was alone the first time he was brought before the judge; all men forsook him despite the level and scope of his ministry. But God strengthened him.
Your partners keep you company through thick and thin, in favourable and unfavourable weather. “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 New Living Translation).
Knowing that you’re not alone, especially while facing negative situations, has a positive impact on you. Your partners keep you company, and it is good to know that they’re there with you and for you. No wonder, Paul, while under house arrest in Rome, wrote to Timothy, his partner, “Please come as soon as you can. Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me” (2 Timothy 4:9-11 New Living Translation).
However, while partnership is good, it is better to stand alone than be in the wrong company. Zerubbabel rejected wrong partnership in the building of the temple (Ezra 4:1-3). Be spiritually sensitive; don’t make an enemy your partner. Evil company corrupts good habits (1 Corinthians 15:33). Proverbs 12:26 says, “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray” (New King James Version).
King Jehoshaphat of Judah, a good king, was fond of going into wrong partnerships! In 1 Kings 22:1-28 and 2 Chronicles 18, he nearly died when he accompanied Ahab, an evil king, who was his in-law, to war. Jehoshaphat again went into a disastrous business partnership – ship building business – with King Ahab’s son and successor, Ahaziah, another evil king – the ships were wrecked following God’s judgment against the partnership (2 Chronicles 20:37). Beware of going into partnership with unbelievers!
Permit me to stop here this week. I’ll conclude next week. Obey the word of God.
TAKE ACTION!
If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be.

PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESS (3)
BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
The first benefit of partnership I discussed last week was that it gives you a company. I’ll talk about three more benefits this week.
• Partnership gives you access to additional resources. These additional resources could be physical, spiritual, financial, etc. Nobody has all the resources he needs in life. Partnership can supply what you lack – wisdom, skills, ideas, contacts and other resources.
As I’ve said, partnership doesn’t have to be a permanent or long term arrangement. Standing alone sometimes limits one. In most effective partnerships, one partner can be strong where the other partner is weak; they complement each other. But never go into partnership with a selfish motive – to use (exploit) and probably dump your partner. Partnership is supposed to be a win-win arrangement for the partners. “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 New King James Version).
• Partnership gives you encouragement. Everybody needs encouragement in life. Sometimes in life, one could be so discouraged that one is tempted to quit. But because one is sharing the burden with others, one could be encouraged to continue. In fact, one’s partner could see more prospect in a venture than one and therefore encourage one not to give up. It’s been said that if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together.
The benefit of partnership is that “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble” (Ecclesiastes 4:10 New Living Translation). Imagine Peter in prison without the church praying for him! While the church was offering constant prayer to God for Peter, he was sleeping in prison bound with two chains between two soldiers and the guards were keeping the door of the prison! (Acts 12:6-7) Peter couldn’t do anything but sleep! But thank God for a praying church – his partners. They faithfully prayed, and God sent his angel to set Peter free. It’s important to pray alone but it is equally important to have someone or people you pray with.
• Partnership increases productivity. It helps you to achieve more result than you would have achieved alone. As the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:9, five will chase a hundred, and a hundred will chase ten thousand! – A progression from ratio 1:20 to ratio 1:100! “Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 New Living Translation). Of course, this presupposes that you have chosen right partners – assets not liabilities!
Partnership allows for shared responsibility and shared decision making among other things, which impact positively on productivity. As partners put their various resources together, they’re able to go far and achieve more than each of them would have achieved working independently although this doesn’t happen in all cases.
Partnership may not result in increased productivity because of some faults in the partnership. For example, disagreement can decrease productivity or even lead to death of partnership. It was disagreement between Paul and Barnabas which brought their partnership to an end (Acts 15:36-41).
Only God knows the benefits their continued partnership could have brought to the church if both of them had been able to manage their differences over John Mark – I don’t doubt the truth that all things work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Later on in his ministry while in prison, Paul needed John Mark and requested Timothy to bring him because he would be helpful to me – apparently Paul and John Mark had reconciled (2 Timothy 4:11) but the Bible doesn’t record anything about Barnabas, and this doesn’t mean that he didn’t continue in ministry or didn’t do any significant work for God after they parted ways.
Conclusion: May the Lord give you the right partners that will help you succeed in life. But if your partnership is working, know that the devil isn’t happy. He wants to terminate it, and he uses strife most times therefore, avoid strife. “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts” (Proverbs 17:14 New King James Version).
TAKE ACTION!
If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be.



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