2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

October 28, 2016


Genesis 13:14 NKJV

And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are — northward, southward, eastward, and westward



David Gilboa wanted to study Medicine. And why not? His dad was a doctor, his mum was a doctor. His elder sister wasn’t far off either — she was a nurse. His dream path began to bend in another direction when he learnt about Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). He started a career in business, beginning with the consultancy Bain & Company, then the boutique investment bank Allen & Co., before going back to business school for an MBA programme at Wharton.

Just a few weeks before starting school, David forgot his $700 Prada glasses in the seat-back pocket of an airplane. Thankfully, he didn’t forget his iPhone too… but the phone was way cheaper. His iPhone which cost $200 could perform more amazing tricks than the world could have imagined just a few years earlier, whereas the technology of glasses had been pretty much the same for about 800 years! He got so furious with how much it would cost him to replace them that he went all semester without glasses, squinting… and thinking too.

David did not stop at the level of thoughts. He shared his thoughts with his reading partner Andrew Hunt, who shared David’s passion for different reasons. After all, Andrew’s glasses at that time were held together by tape. A business idea began to form but really took lift when Neil Blumenthal came on board. Neil had previously run an NGO for providing cheap glasses to developing countries. Together with Jeff Raider, the four MBA students floated a company for trendy yet cheap glasses — the four visionaries made a product for vision. As an online startup, they grew beyond a $1 billion valuation before going public or getting acquired. They saw adversity as opportunity and made wonderful spectacles. Now, that’s spectacular.



CONFESSION: Inspired thoughts are dawning on me. Nations will come to my light, and kings to the brightness of my dawn.

PRAYER: I am a wealth of ideas. I am an oasis of creativity. Deserts become fruitful fields because the Holy Spirit works in me. All things are working for my good.

FURTHER READING: Gen 13:14-15, Isa 32:8, Prov 15:22.


2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

October 27, 2016


1 Samuel 17:34-35 NIRV
But David said to Saul, “I’ve been taking care of my father’s sheep. Sometimes a lion or a bear would come and carry off a sheep from the flock. 35 Then I would go after it and hit it. I would save the sheep it was carrying in its mouth. If it turned around to attack me, I would grab its hair. I would strike it down and kill it. 

Richard Turere is from Kitengela, on the unfenced edge of the Nairobi National Park, in Kenya. It’s a jungle out there. In the jungle, apes swing back and forth like the pendulum of a grandfather clock, but time itself is of little value. At sunrise, donkeys trot and cocks strut, bears lumber and cows wander, snakes slither and mice scamper, bulls charge but lions, lions are in charge. Where Richard lived, the lions ate the cows and it was a major problem in the community. Richard sought to find a way.

First, he tried scaring off the lions with fire, only to realise that the flames made it easier for the ravenous lions to sight the helpless cows. Next, he tried scarecrows which worked briefly, until the lions noticed the scarecrows weren’t moving. He then noticed that lions were scared of moving lights. Using some simple wires and bulbs, he created flashing lights which tricked the lions into thinking he was walking around the cowshed with a flashlight, whereas he was sleeping in the comfort of his bed!

Finally, the cows were safe and no one had to hunt down the endangered lion species. It was an instant victory for the community; in no time, people were asking how he did it. They called it “lion lights”. Richard was a hero, but he was no grown-up: he was only 12 years old! When the international community took notice of his achievement, the Maasai cow herder became a college student. He had always looked up into the sky when planes flew by; now he nurses a dream to fly planes.

David son of Jesse was a teenager in the wilderness where no one knew him. Oh, some knew him, but to them, he was no more than an afterthought. Yet, in difficult times, he stayed focused; in challenging times, he stayed faithful. With his fearless fingers, he turned lions into barbecue. With the same fingers, he picked the stone that knocked out Goliath. Today is a rehearsal for tomorrow. Something you’re doing today is preparing you for tomorrow’s glories. Don’t settle for less — be fearless; be dauntless.


CONFESSION: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

PRAYER: Lord, inspire my heart with solutions for the world. Let Your genius in me find daily expression.

FURTHER READING: Isa 11:1-6, Eccl 10:10 MSG, Phil 4:13.


2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

October 26, 2016


Romans 8:19 Weymouth New Testament
For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God.

Robert Metcalfe is an interesting person whose outstanding work has cemented his place in the history of computer technology. He is many things — an engineer, inventor, business man, teacher and writer. More specifically, Metcalfe is a renown electrical engineer, technology executive and venture capitalist. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin
and columnist for the information technology publication, InfoWorld. He co-founded 3Com Corporation, a digital technology company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 2010.

Metcalfe is credited with creating the Ethernet, which is a form of technology that allows computers that are close to each other to interact and even share resources such as printers. The Ethernet (much like WiFi) is one of the most successful Local Area Networks today. Bob Metcalfe, a professional in computer networking, predicted in an InfoWorld issue that the Internet would suffer a “catastrophic collapse”. He was certain and he was certainly wrong. He was so sure that he promised to eat his words if the internet ever succeeded. And eat his words he did — literally! In 1999 at the International World Wide Web Conference, Robert Metcalfe blended a printed copy of the incorrect prediction with a liquid and drank it in front of an audience! (He had wanted to eat his words with a cake but his audience didn’t allow that.)

What have people predicted about you? What have the experts expressed about your future? How have critics calculated your downfall? Do you have a burning desire to make them drink their words? Do you wake up inspired? There’s more to you than where you are; more to your future than your past can tell. Destiny is waiting for your rising; Creation is expectant for your shining. You are who the Word of God says you are. Let the Bible build your esteem. It’s time for you to emerge.


CONFESSION: My environment cannot limit me. Opinions of men cannot hold me down. God says I’m victorious. That’s who I am.

PRAYER: Let Your will be done on earth through me as it is in heaven. I emerge into the fullness of purpose.

FURTHER READING: Psalm 3, Joshua 3:7, Jeremiah 1.


2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

October 25, 2016


Mat 5:13 MSG
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”


An expert opinion is the articulation of an authority figure on a subject matter. We expect experts to know best, but an expert opinion is not the final authority: God’s Word is the final authority. Many experts have made statements that seemed right at the time, but with the passage of time, wise words were looked upon in hindsight as ridiculous remarks.

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is one of the most successful computer manufacturing companies of all time. It was founded by Thomas Watson, and so it’s surprising, shocking perhaps, to think that in 1943, he said: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” IBM evolved beyond making the most impressive calculators to designing computers.

Lord Kelvin had an imposing résumé. It was he who worked on the transatlantic telegraph; he who helped formulate the first and second laws of thermodynamics; he who described absolute zero temperature — in fact, units of temperature are named after him and there is a prestigious Lord Kelvin medal. However, he had a penchant for false predictions. He stated that “X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” Radiologists prove him wrong everyday. He also said: “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” Albert Einstein was born after his era. In 1895, Lord Kelvin said “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” That’s got to be amusing to any airplane passenger today.

The co-founder of 20th Century Fox, Daryl Zanuck, proclaimed: “Television won’t be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” It’s ironic that every night, there is possibly a 20th Century Fox movie airing on someone’s television somewhere in the world. It’s ironic that anyone should have so much grace deposited in them with so little effect in the contemporary world. To stay relevant, you have to understand the times and evolve.


CONFESSION: I’m on time and in time. I understand the times and how to present God’s timeless Word to a helpless world.

PRAYER: I provide the God-flavours; I produce the God-colours the world needs (Mat 5:13-16 MSG). Your grace to me will not be in vain.

FURTHER READING: II Cor 3:18, I Cor 15:8-10, Acts 13:36.


2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

October 24, 2016


Romans 12:11 VOICE
Do not slack in your faithfulness and hard work. Let your spirit be on fire, bubbling up and boiling over, as you serve the Lord.


“Lord, give me Scotland, or I die!” is the unforgettable prayer of a passionate believer, the man John Knox. Like the Apostle Paul who wrote some of his most profound letters in prison, the French galleys of the late 1540s couldn’t bind the words of John Knox in shackles. When Knox died in 1572, the change he desired and declared had been set in motion. The Parliament of Scotland had adopted the Reformation doctrines. Some of the early missionaries to America were from Scotland. Africa enjoyed the revival of Christianity and Scottish missionaries had a significant role in this.

Robert Moffat (21 December 1795 – 9 August 1883) was born in East Lothian, Scotland (same as John Knox). His training was quite eclectic as he was a gardener, farmer, blacksmith, with skills in building, carpentry, and printing. And oh, he was a writer too. As a missionary to Africa, he was the first translator of the Bible into Setswana, a Southern African language. His son John also became a missionary. His daughter Mary, was married to a prominent medical missionary — Dr. David Livingstone.

Acceptable service to God is not a half-hearted, double-minded venture. It comes with unrelenting drive, unbroken focus and unstoppable passion. The Holy Spirit starts this fire, but you have to keep it burning. It is kindled by the Spirit, continued by you. Lev 6:12 NIV says “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood…” Add the firewood of fellowship with God and take your service to the next level.


CONFESSION: The fire in my heart will not go out. I press in for more of God.

PRAYER: Grant me strength from within for my service without. Let Your fire in me ignite my world for Jesus!

FURTHER READING: Psa 69:9, John 2:17, Isa 9:7.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.