TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

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

March 23, 2017

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

Deuteronomy 8:18 NIRV

But remember the Lord your God. He gives you the ability to produce wealth. That shows he stands by the terms of the covenant he made with you. He promised it to your people of long ago. And he’s still faithful to his covenant today.

  

Philip Watkins is a Professor of Psychology in the College of Social Sciences at the Eastern Washington University in the U.S.A. His research interests shifted from depression to happiness, and how gratitude produces happiness. Findings from his studies show that grateful people are happy people. More specifically, his team discovered that remembering good memories brought happiness. More than that, it was when these good memories were recalled with a sense of gratitude that happiness was produced.

In carrying out the experiment, he got three groups of respondents. One group was told to simply recall 3 good memories in the past 48 hours (recollection group) and another group was to do nothing (a placebo group). A third group was to recall 3 good memories AND also state how these memories made them feel grateful (gratitude group). They all did this for a week. It turned out that the happiness levels increased in the gratitude group compared with the other two groups. Also, the gratitude group continued to stay happy beyond the experiment, indicating that the exercise had helped to “train their brain” towards grateful living.

Today’s Scripture shows that God’s design is for us to prosper. However, God wants us to decisively and deliberately remember things in that light. The TLB says “Always remember…” How you choose to remember daily events matters. Gratefully remember the good things about and around you. That’s how God wants you to train your brain.

  


CONFESSION
: I am the daily delight of the Lord. I am rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world He made, rejoicing in the life He gave.

PRAYER: Thank You for ordaining prayer that my joy may be full. Nothing can hold me back. I’m full of sunburst joy!

FURTHER READING: Prov 8:18, Psa 149:4, Jer 9:24.

PARTNERS IN PROGRESS

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

March 22, 2017

PARTNERS IN PROGRESS

Proverbs 27:17 TLB

A friendly discussion is as stimulating as the sparks that fly when iron strikes iron.

  
The HP brand is excellent, and provides an excellent example of the power of partnership. “HP” is short for Hewlett-Packard and the company was officially forged by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. Bill needed Dave; Dave needed Bill. They were encouraged to start a company by their former professor, Fred Terman. However, it took the love and leverage of Lucy Packard for the company to take lift.

Nothing births a child better than a woman. For the brain child of HP, that woman was Dave’s wife, Lucy. It was the period of the Great Depression, and so the company could not have picked a worse time to start. The world was in need and so, they couldn’t have picked a better time to start. Dave had just quit his job at General Electric to focus on the new company with Bill; Bill was a research assistant who had bright ideas but no money. For two years, the cash came from Lucy’s salary. As the company grew, Lucy picked out gifts for every staff who got married or had a baby.

As newlyweds starting a company in the 1930s, Dave and Lucy lived in a modest house in Silicon Valley which Bill had found. Dave and Lucy lived downstairs, Bill stayed in the backyard shed, and the landlady allowed them use the garage as their workshop. HP was the company that transformed Silicon Valley into the hub of technology it is today. Alliances of friendship, marriage and tutelage made HP happen. When we find our match, sparks fly, thoughts thrive, ideas become products and we become partners in progress.

  
CONFESSION: I have the right influences around me. I have the right partner, I partner right and get the right results.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for the gift of friendship. I choose to partner productively with You, with my church, my family and my colleagues.

FURTHER READING: Prov 27:17 VOICE, 1 Cor 15:33, Heb 10:25.

GREATER WORKS

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

March 21, 2017

GREATER WORKS

John 14:12-13 NLT

12 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.

 
The postal service in the United States started even before the country was born. In 1737, Benjamin Franklin became the postmaster of Philadelphia, when the British was still in charge, making him the first postmaster of America. He was in charge of deciding what newspapers would go to the mailboxes. He was also a gifted inventor and skilled diplomat. (No wonder his face is on the 100 dollar bill.)

In those days in America, mailboxes were installed in front of houses, and horsemen would drop the mails in the boxes. (Yes, horsemen!) However, only those living in the city had their own mailbox and people in villages didn’t have that “luxury”. They had to travel to a nearby post office to be able to get their own letters, parcels and so on. By 1922, the government wanted everyone to have their own mailbox. The Postmaster General then was a physician and politician by the name Herbert Work. On March 20, 1922, he ordered everybody to go get their own mailbox.

In the 21st century, our first understanding of “mailbox” is usually an electronic mail (email). You can access your email from any device at any time, anywhere in the world. That’s greater technology. Jesus performed miracles too numerous to be contained in a book, and yet said we would do greater works. He lived a life of wonders, but was only at a place at a time. Now, He lives in us, so that there are many ‘Jesuses’ at any time, anywhere in the world. That’s “greater works”!

 

 

CONFESSION: The God of grace dwells in me, therefore the grace of God is available to me. I will not disappoint the grace I carry. I will be strong and carry out great exploits!

PRAYER: Thank You Father because I will see a greater move of Your Spirit in my life this week

FURTHER READING: John 1:50, 21:25, Acts 19:11.

GIVING THANKS ALWAYS

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

March 20, 2017

GIVING THANKS ALWAYS

Ephesians 5:20 KJV
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

 

Ocean Robbins grew up seeing a lot of ice cream. His grandfather started an ice cream business. His father had a swimming pool shaped like an ice cream cone. Any child would’ve loved that. Grandpa’s business started in 1945 and since then has made about 1000 flavours. The business has enjoyed fame and fortune, with about 7,000 shop locations in about 50 countries.

Ocean’s dad was different from Grandpa. His dad started talking about eating healthy (which is a little strange when your family business is all about ice cream)! His dad was willing to walk away from Grandpa’s money and wrote “Diet for a New America” which was an instant hit, making his own money. Learning from the best of his grandpa and dad, Ocean became an entrepreneur early in life.

Today, Ocean is the co-founder and CEO of the Food Revolution Network. An international speaker and author, he seems to enjoy the subject of gratitude a lot. He believes in writing down three things you’re grateful for everyday, telling your spouse or friend something you appreciate about them, and thinking about something positive every time you brush your teeth. Thankfulness makes him productive. Apostle Paul tells us how powerful it is to give thanks, and how often we should do so: “Giving thanks always”!

 
CONFESSION: I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise will continually be in my mouth.

PRAYER: Thank You Father for the air I breathe and the life I live in You.

FURTHER READING: Psa 103:2, Phil 4:6-8, 1 Thes 5:18.

HEAVEN ON EARTH

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

March 19, 2017

HEAVEN ON EARTH

Ephesians 5:20-21 NLT

20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

 

 

John Mordecai Gottman (birthdate: April 26, 1942) is a Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of Washington whose research interests border on relationships and marriage. He started a research laboratory with his wife, the “love lab”, where he and his colleagues mapped out the mathematics of marriage. He designed a tool that predicts with relative accuracy whether a marriage would flourish or not. What’s amazing is that at any stage of marriage, answering his questions within three minutes was enough time for him to guess the fate and future of the relationship.

One of the most important discoveries of Gottman is the need for gratitude in a relationship. Gottman described the balance of intimacy and conflict resolution, and maintained that every negative encounter of a healthy couple had to be met with five positive encounters. For instance, every complaint or conflict, friction or frown had to be balanced with five positive expressions of gratitude, compliments, laughter and so on.

Gottman’s 40 years of research was simply coning down on the age-long Bible truth: whatever you appreciate will appreciate. It’s interesting to see that right after Apostle Paul talked about gratitude to God, his next words were about mutual submission in marriage. Express gratitude to God, to your spouse, and to the people around you. It makes a haven of your home, and fills your marriage with heaven on earth.

 

 

CONFESSION: I will love and submit to my spouse out of reverence for Christ. My heart is grateful, my life is fruitful.

PRAYER: I just want to thank You Lord. For all You have done for me, I am grateful Oh Lord.

FURTHER READING: 1 Thes 5:18, Phil 4:6-8, 1 Cor 13:4-8.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.