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Making Maximum Impact In Life (5)

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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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