STAND UP TO IT!

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

 

 

August 27, 2016

 

 

STAND UP TO IT!

 

 

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 
Irma Elder built one of the most successful woman-owned businesses in her country, making her a role model of service to her community, state and country. Undaunted, she became the CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area. The same woman came to the United States in 1946, not being able to speak a word in English language.

 

Having the nerve for success, Irma took over the Troy Ford dealership after his husband’s death in 1983 and built it into one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the America. Never becoming a victim of circumstances, she stood up to the responsibility and beat the record.

 

 

You never know what God has on the other side for you until you stand up and take a step. Despite the feeling of inadequacy, stand up and go, GO WITH GOD. Stand boldly in the place of prayer.  Don’t cower at life’s challenges. Don’t let life beat you up. You have access to the most powerful Throne on the planet. Use it!

 

 

CONFESSION: I press into the zone of possibilities. God (Grace On Duty) is my advantage!

 

PRAYER: Lord, destroy every impossibility as I walk with Your Word.

 

FURTHER READING: 2 Kings 7, 1 John 4:4, James 5:16.

INNOVATIVE THINKING

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

August 26, 2016

INNOVATIVE THINKING

2 Chronicles 26:15 ASV And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by skilful men, to be on the towers and upon the battlements, wherewith to shoot arrows and great stones. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

Back in September 1995, Pierre Omidyar launched a site called Auction Web where he started auctioning off items on his personal website. He had no premonition that his idea would explode into something that is now a household name. AuctionWeb was Omidyar’s personal project, but, when the amount of web traffic made it necessary to upgrade to a business Internet account, Omidyar had to start charging people fees. The business continued to grow by leaps and bounds until Omidyar hired his first employee to handle all the payment checks. Today this site is known as eBay (Electronic Bay).

There is nothing new on earth, in terms of raw materials. Everything man-made is a combination of old things. Innovation has nothing to do with new things – it is the combination of old things in different ways. God is not creating any new material. Everything necessary for you to invent the next new thing is already present with you. For you to innovate, you must think this way. Look around your environment, society and country and identify the problems that need solving. Afterwards, design products and services as solutions.

CONFESSION: I have divine ideas that change the world for good. God rules the world through my thoughts.

PRAYER: Lord, inspire me for innovative ventures. I declare that I receive unusual insight through Your Spirit.

FURTHER READING: Ephesians 3:20, Job 32:8, Isaiah 11:2.

SWIFT FEET

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

 

 

August 25, 2016

 

 

SWIFT FEET

 

 

Psalm 18:33 (NKJV) He makes my feet like that of deer, and sets me on my high places.

 

 

It took real courage for Andre De Grasse, who was 13 at a time that Bolt first announced himself to the world to have crossed the finish line with Usain Bolt in the 200-metre semifinal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 

Born on November 10, 1994 in Scarborough, Ontario, there is no doubt that 21-year-old Andre De Grasse, from Markham, surprised the world at the Olympic Stadium at Rio 2016. With courage, De Grasses crossed the finish with Bolt, running in Lane 5 right next to him. Even though he didn’t outrun the world champion, De Grasses beat his own personal record.

 

 

There is a race set before you by God. You must live your life conscious of the divine abilities in you.  Never compare yourself with anyone else. Instead, compare yourself with the grace that is available to you.  Where people are comfortable with average, go for the best. Dare the impossible, achieve the unusual.

 

 

CONFESSION: I am empowered to beat the record in my family, field and career. I am swifter than eagles.

 

PRAYER: Lord, let Your Word lighten my path and grant me extraordinary speed. Empower me to scale new heights.

 

FURTHER READING:  2 Timothy 4:7, Isaiah 40:31, Hebrews 12:1.

GROW FROM WITHIN!

No Limits

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

August 24, 2016

GROW FROM WITHIN! 

Ephesians 4:16 (NKJV) From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” 
- Dr Mike Murdock 

A company that operates more than 65 hotels in 19 countries with approximately 30,000 rooms and a similar number of employees, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is one of the largest luxury hotel management companies in North America that has achieved great success since the brand was established in 1907. Fairmont’s recipe for success was a simple but powerful change in marketing approach, different from the conventional: aim marketing efforts toward employees, considering internal marketing as critical to achieving guest satisfaction. By doing this, Fairmont is world-renowned for its excellent guest service, delivered by employees that are driven by the singular goal to fulfill brand promises.

 

Great and successful service businesses like Fairmount segment their employee market as well as the guest market and then make it top priority to communicate their brand essence first to their employee – the very people who can make the brand come alive for their customers. This way, they guarantee internal growth which impacts positively on quality of service delivery, making people their strongest attribute.

The Word of God has the ability to build you and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. The active Word transforms you from the inside out. Receive the Word and its life transforming power. Release the Word and its yoke-destroying power. The Word births faith on your inside. The Word works; faith speaks. Inhale the Word. Exhale your faith declaration.  Internalize the Word by meditating on it, ensuring that your words line up with your thoughts. This is how to have good success.

CONFESSION: The wisdom of God is operational in me. I am inspired with the right approach in my business, family and career.

PRAYER: Lord, grant me wisdom for extraordinary expansion.

FURTHER READING: 2 Timothy 2:2, Acts 20:32, Ephesians 4:15.

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WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 “And thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph…”

August 23, 2016

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GENESIS 1:26 NKJV Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

In the Twentieth Century, photography witnessed a revolutionary invention – the introduction of the INSTANT CAMERA. There was nothing quite like it. It was a camera which utilized a self-developing film to develop the image shortly after the picture was taken. Of course, it still relied on photochemical technology, and was quite popular until digital photography in the Twenty-first Century practically rendered it obsolete. The TELEGRAM had a much older history than the instant camera. With the electric telegraph developed in the 1830s by British inventors, messages were sent over distances using cables. It was quite useful later on in the world wars. Fast-forward to 2010. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched a mobile application in October of that year, joining the names “instant camera” and “telegram” to form “instagram”. Instagram was an instant hit.

It rarely rains in San Francisco. The city is better known as home to many technological companies, such as Twitter and Uber. (Facebook also has its headquarters in California.) Instagram was launched in San Francisco. Barely two years after, Facebook bought it for a staggering sum of US$1 billion. In contrast to Facebook’s previous policy, Instagram was allowed to grow independently, and grow it did. New features such as Direct, which allowed users to send pictures directly to specific people, made Instagram give Snapchat a run for their money.

With 1 million registered users two months after launching the app, over 10 million users a year after, and over 30 million accounts by 2012, it came as no surprise when Time listed Instagram among the top 50 android applications for 2013. People often enjoy taking selfies and uploading these on Instagram. These are self-pictures snapped by the user. Selfie sticks were even devised, and there are pictures of the American president using a selfie stick.

Genesis records the beautiful story of creation, the high point of which is the creation of man. God expressed a desire to replicate Himself, and made you. You are a Picture of God’s Art; a Product of His replication. You are God’s iridescent image; His lovely likeness. When God took a selfie, the result was YOU.

CONFESSION: My life lines up with God’s original intention.

PRAYER: I want more of You Lord.

FURTHER READING: Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 115:14-16, Jeremiah 1.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.