NEW TERRITORIES: IN YOUR STEPS

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

September 26, 2016

NEW TERRITORIES: IN YOUR STEPS

Deuteronomy 11:24 NLT Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours. Your frontiers will stretch from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north, and from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.

Their 1999 autobiography, Built From Scratch, tells the humble and inspiring story of how Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank took great steps and grew Home Depot from nothing to about $30 billion. Losing their jobs allowed the two friends to develop an idea Marcus had been thinking about for several years —opening a chain of hardware and home improvement superstores across the country unlike anything that existed at the time.

In the early 1970s, Marcus and Blank were executives at Handy Dan, a chain of home improvement stores. Years later, they were fired by the owner of the company. As it turned out, being fired was one of the best things that ever happened to them. Today, the company they founded employs about 251,488 employees. Instead of becoming victims of circumstances, Marcus and Blank made the best out of a rather unpleasant situation.

Don’t let any circumstance overwhelm you. Everything will work together for your good. Prayer is the believer’s advantage — pray. Don’t worry about anything; pray about everything. When God speaks to you, He expects that you to speak the same word. This is called “homologeo” meaning “same talk”. Once you have spoken the Word of God, coming in agreement with God, the next thing you ought to do is to take bold steps. Go on to making bold, audacious demands for what God has promised you. Make a demand by deciding to push yourself spiritually and physically. Make a demand by improving and learning all that you need to learn to be ahead in your field of endeavour.

CONFESSION: My feet are swift to move. I go from good to great!

PRAYER: Lord, grant me the wisdom and courage to move into prepared territories.

FURTHER READING: Joshua 1:3, Exodus 14:15, Numbers 14:24.

IT’S YOUR MOVE!

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

 

 

September 25, 2016

 

 

IT’S YOUR MOVE!

 

 

Joshua 17:18 RSV but the hill country shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong.”

 

 

He was born on November 27, 1894 in Wasamura, a faming village that is now part of Wakayama City, Japan, and lived in a family house built under a big pine tree. By 1917, Konosuke Matsushita, a 23-year-old apprentice at the Osaka Electric Light Company with no formal education came up with an improved light socket. Young Matsushita started making samples in his basement even though his boss showed no interest. As a forward thinking entrepreneur, Matsushita later expanded with battery-powered bicycle lamps and other electronic products. Matsushita Electric, as it was known until 2008 when the company officially changed its name to Panasonic, is now worth about $66 billion.

 

Panasonic, one of the largest Japanese consumer electronics company, always evolved to stay relevant. World War II dealt a heavy blow on the company. They lost their overseas businesses and their staff dropped from 26000 to 4000, yet Matsushita didn’t lose his resilient spirit. Just days after Japan’s surrender in 1945, he said to employees: “Production is the very foundation of our recovery…” By the 1950s when the television, washing machine and refrigerator were popular, Panasonic was at the forefront of production of these appliances.

 

 

If you know that you are truly great and blessed by God, then go out into your God-given vision and start something. Don’t be intimidated by the challenges involved — you are more than a conqueror. No matter how small, start that business. Don’t be quick to quit. God needs your participation to hand you prepared provisions. Stop waiting, keep moving. Step out and clear the space for yourself. Make room in the land God has given to you.

 
CONFESSION: I am delivered from the limitation trying to hold me down. I make moves, therefore, I make waves.

 

PRAYER: Lord, arm and equip me with the strength to be who You want me to be, and the grace to do what You want me to do.

 

FURTHER READING: Joshua 17:12-19; Deuteronomy 4:35-38, 11:10-15.

WORLD’S BEST DIRECTOR

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

 

September 24, 2016

 

WORLD’S BEST DIRECTOR

 

Proverbs 16:9 TLB
We should make plans — counting on God to direct us.

 

Walt Disney was the creative mind that birthed Mickey Mouse, the unforgettable cartoon character, in 1928. His sayings were also hard to forget. He did observe that “Movies can and do have a tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood”. Movies affect the musings of the mind, help forge impressions and provide exposure far beyond the experience of the viewer. An Eskimo can appreciate tropical mango fruits from a movie scene; a desert nomad can see snow in a movie. How beautiful a movie is depends largely on the creativity of the director.

 

Without a doubt, Steven Allan Spielberg is one of the most influential movie directors of all time. While his mother was a concert pianist and restaurateur, his father worked as an electrical engineer. A Jewish boy born in Cincinnati in 1946, Steven outclassed his peers and focused on his dream quite early. Beginning his career in the late 1950s, the young Steven Spielberg became one of the youngest directors in the history of filmmaking. Today, he is the most commercially successful director, having produced a wide range of award winning movies, ranging from action through thrillers to cartoons. He directed Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Color Purple (1985) — featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, and he produced Men in Black (1997) and Shrek (2001). He is the co-founder of the Dreamworks SKG studio. His net worth is $3.5 billion and he has an annual salary of $150 million.

 

Hollywood has witnessed the ingenuity of various movie directors, but the world’s best director is the One who made the world — God. Actors do well when they follow the director’s prompting. People do well when they listen to God. “People plan their path, but the Lord secures their steps” (Prov 16:9 CEB). To be established, you need to listen to the Eternal Voice of success. Plan and pray. As a responsible Christian, God expects you to make plans, but you need to recognise Him as the Director. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

 

CONFESSION: God guides me into my desired haven. I enjoy divine conversations everyday.

 

PRAYER: Lord, when I can’t trace You, I will trust You. Order my steps in Your Word.

 

FURTHER READING: Psa 25:4, 27:11, 37:23.

PROLIFERATE

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

 

September 23, 2016

 

PROLIFERATE

 

Leviticus 26:9 MSG  I’ll give you my full attention: I’ll make sure you prosper, make sure you grow in numbers, and keep my covenant with you in good working order.

 

In the early 1800s, Cincinnati was a major industrial and commercial city. Olivia and Elizabeth were the beautiful sisters born to Mr. Norris, and while they weren’t business players in the nineteenth century boom, their husbands were going to be. William Procter emigrated from England to set up a well known candle business. There, he met and married Olivia, whose father was also a candle maker. Procter worked as a banker in Ohio, but it was the candle-making he learnt as a little boy in England that would make him excel. Candles were very important in 1837 Cincinnati. [Although Michael Faraday had created an electric generator in 1831, the streets of New York wouldn't be lit with electric street lamps until 1882, which beautiful event happened in September of that year. So, yes — candles were quite important in 1837.] James Gamble came from Ireland and became a soap making apprentice. His life took a turn for the better when he married Elizabeth Ann Norris. In 1837, Proctor, the English candle maker and Gamble, the Irish soap maker started a company on American soil, as advised by Alexander Norris, their father-in-law.

 

The company started on the premise of soap and candles, but grew in leaps and bounds. It started in a period of national depression, but today, is an international business. The very year it began was the year an infamous recession began — the 1837 panic. Yet, Procter and Gamble did not only survive, but also thrived, and that she did not just in the 19th century, but all the way to the 21st century.

 

In the 1990s, Alan George Lafley, an innovative thinker and savvy marketer, was the CEO of P & G. He upgraded the company in a period where it was going through unsuccessful restructuring. He headed P&G’s Asian operations in a period of major currency and economic upheaval, increasing the company’s Chinese business from $90 million to almost $1 billion and also reviving its Japanese cosmetics market. Lafley’s passion to build a faster growing and more profitable P&G has always been on the rise, and he revolutionized PG to a much greater extent. Today, the company stands at $83 billion revenue and has 118,000 employees.

 

God’s desire is that you proliferate. He has blessed you with prosperity and posterity, wealth to be relevant in your generation and wisdom to sustain it for generations beyond you. Many destinies await your rising. A covenant is a two-sided agreement that is set in motion by two parties. God’s end is in “good working order”, therefore tighten your end. Own your space; rule your world — proliferate.

 

CONFESSION: I am called to restore the earth. I increase. I enlarge. I proliferate!

 

PRAYER: Lord, do business with me. Do business through me. Do business for me.

 

FURTHER READING: Isa 45:18, Gen 9:7, 1:28.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

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

September 22, 2016

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Genesis 13:14 NKJV The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are beacons of self-service and convenience, they have revolutionized banking in many ways that we see today. They live to serve us everyday; we only really notice them when we can’t seem to locate one.

The first money giving machine was installed in New York in 1939. Before this time, Luther George Simian saw in his mind a machine out of a hole in the wall that will allow customers to withdraw money without the need to go inside a bank hall. At first ATM was used by few number of people only for the real breakthrough that arrived in 1969. Today, there are over countless number of automated teller machines spread around the world. What someone saw and pursued made a remarkable difference in our lives.

God will not expose you to what he is not willing to give you. If you can see it, then God can give it to you. If you can form it, God will fill it. Look from where you are and step into new territories. Envision your space, launch out!

CONFESSION: I see the way God sees. God abundantly exceeds my imagination!

PRAYER: Lord, open my eyes to countless possibilities.

FURTHER READING: Ephesians 3:20, Jeremiah 1:11-12, Proverbs 23:7.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.