INTRODUCTION “Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld” – 2nd Chronicles 20:20 God created all other things for the use of mankind. But you can only have access to them by faith and in doing so your life will be transformed for good. According to one minister of God “It takes a lion heart to have a lion share”. If you want a lion share of God’s provisions, you need to believe that there is nothing God cannot do (Luke 1:37), and with the use of this daily devotional on life transforming motives, you will become a transformed person. This devotional is a collection of true life transforming stories, backed with appropriate bible quotation. This is follow by further Bible readings that elaborate more on that day’s bible quotations. If you want God to transform your life for good, there is the need to stay with the WORD. The scripture reading and the prophetic prayer for the day are intended to make you achieve the transformation. To enable you keep growing in your faith in the Lord, a section that contains Life transforming confession and other columns have carefully been arranged. I believe the spirit of God will transform you as you use this first volume of the series of devotional booklets “Be ye transformed by the Renewing of your mind” (Roman 12:2). Your world is waiting for you! Be sure you devotionally and meditatively study this manual daily. I am too sure your victory has come, as you use this book daily, do not forget to prophesy and anoint yourself for the day - (Eccl. 9:8). Get copies for your family members and loved ones; they will forever thank God for you. Remain blessed, Pastor Victor Olufemi Adegbehingbe DAY 1. UNWAVERING FAITH - (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld – (2nd Chronicles 20:20). Olympic Gold Medallist Christine Ohunuogo’s unwavering faith transformed her from unknown to a world champion! Her victory made her the first British female Olympic 400m champion. Ohunuogo, who became commonwealth champion in 2006 and world champion in 2007, has a devotion and commitment to God that enables her to confess openly her prime reason for running. She said “I wanted to know that when I run I can do so to glorify His name, and running is the sort of thing I believe He has given me”. As we face daily challenges of our existence, we can confidently take refuge in God’s omnipotence and care. Since we know that without HIM, we can do nothing. We will be helping ourselves by having an unwavering faith in HIM. As we go into this new month, let us know that God cares for us so much as to take upon Himself the burden of our lives, if we have unwavering faith in HIM. Determine to walk by faith and not by sight this month. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Let the spirit of favour fall on me in Jesus Name. Father, enlarge my coast in Jesus Name. Further Study: Ps. 71:1-19; Heb. 10:19-24. Scripture Reading: 2nd Kings 4:8-37. \DAY 2. UNWAVERING FAITH - (2) (FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH) Today’s Bible Quotation: “…All things are possible with God - (Mark 10:27). (We continue today‟s devotional from Ohunuogu‟s story of yesterday) What is impressive about Ohunuogu, is that for all the highs and lows, she has always maintained her faith. Her story is one of tragedy to triumph. Two years ago, Ohunuogu‟s Olympic dreams were in ruins after she was handed a one year ban for missing three drug‟s tests. Under the British Olympic association laws, any drug offence results in an automatic lifetime ban from future games. Many thought this would be the end of her career. Nothing could have been further from the truth. After the initial disappointment, Ohunuogu spent the year focusing on her training. Her suspension expired on August 5, 2007, in time for the World Athletics Championship in Osaka, Japan, where she made the final of the 400m and took home a gold medal! The British Olympic Association appeals cleared her for Olympic selection and consequently she won a gold medal! However, throughout this time, Ohunuogu found herself on the negative side of the press. Ohunuogu maintained that it was her Christian faith that sustained her through the stormy times. You have to believe that everything that happens has a set path, that it is planned out before. So you have to trust that whatever happens to you is for the best. It may not seem to be the best at the time, but you have to trust that it has a divine purpose. We have to remember that in life, circumstances won‟t always keep us low. Things will change; things will get better, since things happen for a reason. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Every inherited failure in my life, die in the name of Jesus. Further Study: Psalm 46:1-3; Hebrew 10:32-39. Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11. DAY 3. WORD’S SECOND SURVIVING OCTUPLETS THIS MIRACLE CAN BE YOURS! Today’s Bible Quotation: “Who contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that the became the father of many nations, according to the word spoken” - Romans 4:18. A United State woman gave birth to eight Babies at a time only the second in history, OCTUPLETS have survived more than a few hours, doctors said. The mother gave birth to six boys and two girls weighing between 1, pound, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 4 ounces, doctors at Kaiser Permantee Bellflower medical centre - said. The hospital had scheduled a caesarean section for seven babies, but doctors were surprised when an eighth came out at 10.48am. Doctors said the babies were born nine weeks premature but were in stable condition. Two newborns were placed on ventilators and a third needs oxygen. The Doctors in charge of the in facts – Dr. Mandhir Gupta said “the mother is a very strong woman, so she probably will be able to handle all eight babies!” The world’s first live octuplets were born in March 1967 in Mexico city, but all the babies died within 4 hours, according to Encyclopedia Britanica. The United State first live octuplets were born in Houston in December 1998. They were three months premature. Here Dr. Harold Henry, chief of maternal and fetal medicine at the hospital. “Despite weeks of preparation, we did not expect the eighth child. Ultra sound doesn’t show you everything”. The mother checked into the hospital in her 23rd week of pregnancy and gave birth seven weeks later. “All eight babies will probably remain in the hospital for at least two months and the mother should be released in a week, said Dr. Karen Maples, one of the Doctor in charge. Dr. Richard Paulson, director of fertility programme at the University of Southern California said “For people who use fertility drugs, the vast majority of births – 80 percent – are single babies. Among multiple births, the most common are twins”. It’s easier to control the number of births through in vitro fertilization which involves combining egg and sperm in a lab dish and transferring the embryo into the uterus. Fertility drugs induce or enhance ovulation and couples often opt for selective reduction, in which women carrying multiple fetuses reduce to number of viable fetuses to two. You can see that this is a MIRACLE BIRTH!, which deferred medical predications! This type of miracle and more can be yours! But you have to have HOPE, in the God you are serving! Today, so many people have come to believe that having hope is actually wrong. They think life is better based on fate and not faith. Fate is whatever life can bring but faith is the assurance of what God can do. If you cannot be hopeful then you cannot wait to see the great doing of God in your life. Are you looking for the fruits of the womb? Want to expel devourers from your earnings? Want to return to sender, arrows of disgrace, losses and dishonour which is tagged at your life? I pray you will outlast your challenges of life! When there’s no way out of our challenges, just remain afloat. If we cannot win over our challenges, let’s outlast them. Whatever we are going through will eventually come to an end In today’s Bible quotation (Roman 4:18), though Abraham had reasons to be hopeless yet he retained his hope in the sure word of God. Your hope will move God to action. Even though he was old, he had experienced several years of childlessness, his wife had passed the stage of menopause, yet he knew that God’s word was too certain. If only you can change your mind and start to hope in God’s promises for your against all odds, then God’s word will start to have His course in your life and the miracle that happened in today inspirational story will happen to you in Jesus name. Romans 12:12 says: “I rejoice and exalt in hope, I‟m steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation, constant in prayer”. You have to constantly be on your kneels for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, disgrace every negative medical report concerning my body or my spouse’s body. Lord ignite a miracle on this matter in Jesus name. Further study: Exodus 23:25-26, Gen. 33:5, Gen. 48:9, Psalm 127:3 Scripture Reading: Isaiah 54:1-7; 1st Sam. 1:1-end. DAY 4. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF Today’s Bible Quotation: “Lord, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” - Mark 9:24 Obama‟s win is a milestone in American‟s racial and cultural evolution. It is 45 years since Martin Luther King; looked forward to the day when his children would not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. An almost unbelievable, dream that has now become a reality in the shape of American‟ first African – American leader and its first black first family! It is a day many thought they would never see. Mr. Obama took oath of office in January, 2009, amidst massive unrealizable expectation and facing a daunting list of problems, including rebuilding the economy and the banking system. Obama believed, he could make a change, the American people needed. He admitted however that he was never the likeliest candidate for the office of the President of American. Just in today‟s reading, Senator Obama did not allow the colour of his skin to be a barrier. He had faith in God as the man whose a mute spirit. When Jesus saw his faith, He was moved by his faith, and his miracle came. Jesus has come to qualify you. You don‟t have to belong to any particular family/race. Yours is just good enough. Never you take „no‟ for an answer. Be determined to breakthrough. This month has come to usher in some great things into your life. You must stand strong on your feet, and you will make it. Further Study: Mark 9:5-24; Psalm 3:1-8. Scripture Reading: Matthew 3:1-end DAY 5. BE FOCUSED (Viewing centers thrive better than libraries!) Today’s Bible Quotation: “…If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” – Matthew 6:22. “In Nigeria, today, libraries are not enjoying good patronage. But should they be set up near football viewing centers found in many communities across Nigeria, libraries will be worse off”. These were the words of the Kwara State Education Commissioner, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi. The level of distractions today are too high. Our students will watch premiership games and continually browse the internet at the expense of their studies. This situation is bad enough that if today, you set up a viewing center beside the library, you are likely to get more patronage at the center than at the library! Most of our youth are not focused. Unfocused person cannot be lifted and will remain untransformed. The opposite of been focused is to be distracted. If you will not focus on your pursuit you cannot be an achiever! In today‟s Bible quotation, Jesus was giving a teaching on being focused. He said no one can serve two masters and not fail. Be careful to identify your goal and purpose, focus on it alone. And you will find the rest of thing in life following you. This is a month/year loaded with wonders for you, don‟t wonder about in distraction. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, make me a goal getter this month and this year. Further Study: Matthew 6:21-30 Scripture Reading: Psalm 6:1-10: Proverbs 1:29-33. DAY 6. YOU CAN WIN AGAINST THE ODDS BY THINKING POSITIVE Today’s Bible Quotation: “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” - 1st Samuel 17:46. Loveth Omafuaire and Ufuoma Egbamuno, may not be siblings but they share certain things. They are students in the Department of English and Literary Studies at the Delta State University (DELSU). Also, both are physically challenged. Loveth was born blind, while Ufuoma lost the use of his limb, a month before his third birthday. Even though they see themselves as no different from other people, life has been challenging all the same. “My major challenge has been psychological” Ufuoma reveals. “It took me a great deal of mental courage to get to where I am now. I used to feel sorry for myself until, I devised this maxim- disability is a thing of the mind, one can achieve anything as long as one thinks positive. Since then, it‟s been much more easier for me as I have made major breakthroughs”. When they were asked if they experienced high moments or has it always been challenges and difficulties? Loveth says God has been her mainstay. “His place in my life cannot be over emphasized. He has indeed been very good to me”. While Ufuoma confessed that, he had a lot to thank God for His wonderful mercies over him. He recount while in JSS 2, he represented his secondary school in a quiz competition for SS 3 students. In addition, he fulfilled his dream of becoming the President of the National Association of Student English and Literary Studies (NASELS), DELSU chapter. So, what have been their driving forces? For Ufuoma, the belief that he was born great and would one day assume an exalted position in life drives him on. Loveth sees her challenges and encouragement from her friends, roommates and family as her driving force. There may be challenging situation that may look as though, it is going to break us down completely. But we must not allow those situations to break our faith. You need to know that the moment your faith and your hope are destroyed, you can lose your vision and your future together. So, it must not happen. Understand that no matter how great or long the battle might be, you are destined to win (I John 5:4). PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, make me to always see you in front. Further Study: 1st Samuel 17:41-50 Scripture Reading: Psalm 42. DAY 7. FEAR NOT, TRUST IN GOD AND REMAIN UNSHAKABLE (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6). Before now she could neither walk normally nor stand upright without having pains in her two legs. In fact she used to bend or sit in pains. She has visited many hospitals until she was told that she had to replace her two knee caps through surgical operation. When she heard this, FEAR enveloped her when she was told what would be the end result of the said operation. She could be confined into a wheelchair for life or she could die during or after the operation as many did. But full of PRAYERS, she went to a private hospital in Nottingham, London where she submitted herself to the surgeon‟s knife. She came back to Nigeria after the successful operation. That is Reverend (Mrs) Edith Iloh, wife of Dr. Moses Iloh, the President of Eclectical Network Church. Mrs. Iloh could not submit herself to the Nigerian surgeons because of the FEAR of what they claimed it could result to. She said “the truth is that many had died after the operation and many too have been confined to the wheelchair”. She gave example of a wealthy Nigerian who went to Germany for same surgical operation, later to America but eventually died few months after the operation. Are you confronted with a situation like the above and you are gripped with fear? Philippians 4:6, says, you should stop. The Bridegroom says in John 14:1, “let not your heart be troubled. The moment you become anxious and worried on a problem, you are telling God that you no longer believe in HIM. What is making you anxious? What are your fears? Take them to the Lord in prayer and faith and leave them there. The Lord will make a way for you. Start trusting and stop worrying. It shall be well with you.(TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW). PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Ask God to open your spiritual EYES, to see HIM in every situation. Further Study: James 1:5-8. Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34. DAY 8. FEAR NOT, TRUST IN GOD AND REMAIN UNSHAKABLE (2) Today’s Bible Quotation: “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6). Continuing today‟s devotional from Rev (Mrs) Iloh surgical operation story of yesterday. On how she eventually made up her mind, Madam Iloh said she PRAYED with her husband and family members, but later she was convinced to go for it. However, when she got to Nottingham hospital, she remembered what the Nigerian doctors said, all negative and horrifying words, but she REMAINED UNSHAKABLE. She remembered the words of Nigerian Doctors that she may be confined in a wheelchair for life, but she said it is NOT HER PORTION. Hear her “on the operation table the devil appeared to me and threatened me that I would not come back alive but I REBUKED him and called him a LIAR. I said he cannot kill. That was the last time I saw the devil.. I was then sedated and given tranquilizer. I slept off and when I woke up, I found myself in the ward surrounded by doctors”. She recovered quickly, such that on the third day after the operation, she was able to walk around! As a believer, you need to learn to live by FAITH. You many be faced with terrible situation of life. You don‟t need to be afraid, it is in the midst of darkness that light shines. And it is in the mist of all of these problems that you shall be celebrated. Let your life be based on God‟s word and not what you see as said in Philippians 4:6 read in today‟s bible quotation. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Ask the Lord to let your faith increase in your heart. Further Study: Genesis 25:1-2, Romans 4:16-25. Scripture Reading: Mark 11:22-24; Hebrews 11. DAY 9. IN THE FACE OF DESPAIR, BELIEVE THERE IS HOPE Today’s Bible Quotation: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed but we don‟t give up and quit” - 2nd Cor. 4:8 (NLT) Life is a bagful of diverse gifts for different people. To some, it comes with loads of pleasantries, while to others, life deals them, endless unpleasant blows. For Kehinde Martins, 31, young and pretty by every standard, life is a cane and a whip that has beaten her without mercy for almost as long as she had lived. Now, her heart is heavy and she shed tears daily wishing that fate could turn things around for her. She is sad because life has been cruel to her! She was born hale and hearty. By the time she started ramble-walk, her legs were fit. So, she walked and ran with her two legs like any other children of age. And so, life had continued normally for her until suddenly at 24, she became crippled. And since then till now, she has not gained the normal use of her two legs. Recounting the story of her life: “We were on our way back to Lagos that the vehicle we boarded got involved in a ghastly accident. I knew it affected my legs but it was mild then”, she narrated. “I visited several hospitals including Igbobi Orthopaedic, where I was told that nothing was wrong with my two legs. So I was just given some pain –relieving drugs to take. Afterwards, I did x-rays which also showed that my legs were normal”. But one sad day, her hope was abruptly dashed. She had gone to bed hale the previous night – But when she woke up the next morning, she could not lift her legs again! “On that sad morning, when I woke up, I lifted my legs but they seemed too heavy. I tried several times but still nothing happened. Then, I shouted and cried and started crawling like a baby. That was how my sad tale began at the age of 24! Along the line, I was told it was a spiritual attack”. Kehinde, is like the biblical job of our modern day. Her list of calamities are many! At age 19, she gave birth to a son and after 12 years, the father of the child came back and latter left because of her cripple condition! She later developed another relationship with another young man which resulted to the birth of a baby. When the baby died, the young man walked away. She latter met and began a third relationship with a man called Azzez. And when she found out that she was pregnant, she said: “I almost became mad. And to compound the situation, the man left me and ran away again”. For all she had gone through, Kehinde said many times she had thought of committing suicide or to abort the pregnancy. But on each occasion, a strange voice, tells her not to do it. To compound the whole problem, the father is blind. According to her, “My father is blind. He became blind some years ago and that was why he left the civil service. He does not go out alone. All the burdens now lay on my poor mother”. The mother is the one catering for the blind husband and the daughter, who is on the wheel chair and pregnant! - Hear the old mother “I am tired of this life and I hope I will not die in this problem”. No matter floods of problem you might be facing. DO NOT GIVE UP. Don‟t quit (2nd Corinth. 4:8). In the face of despair, believe there is hope! Psalm 69:3 says: “I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried. Mine eyes falls, while I wait for my God”. If you wait unto God, He will surely answer you – Contemplating suicide or to abort a pregnancy, which Kehinde Martins was thinking of, is not a solution. Do not permit any circumstance to intimidate you. Never surrender to discouragement/ despair, no matter the seeming obstacles that may confront you. Be courageous and not be dismay in the face of odds! No matter how difficult things may seem, we must always have hope because of the coming of Jesus Christ. God is in control of everything that happens, and he will work things out for our good. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, thou that brought Israel out of captivity after 430 years, bring me out of every captivity this month in Jesus‟ name. Further Study: Isaiah 25:3-5 Scripture Reading: 2nd Cor. 4; Jonah 2:1-10; Psalm 118:8-23. DAY 10. PLAY YOUR PART & BE YOURSELF (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11- 13. Everything about her changed immediately she got the crown. “I got a new car, a new wardrobe, more opportunities, more people wanted to be my friends. I met many dignitaries (met 10 state governors) and my persception about everything changed, she enthused. She is counted lucky as she was crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Abuja 2008, just 24 hours to her 18th Birthday. Grace Ndem Sumuko is an undergraduate of Mass Communication, Nasarawa State University, she recalls “There are days I would just want to be myself, sit and play with my friends, but would be compelled to be at an event or at a meeting with dignitaries due to my projects”. She said “Almost all the men I met wanted more than courtesy visits. Some of them will call me and ask if we could meet at some place. Politely I would turn them down. After several calls to my phone, they would give up. It shows the moral decadence in our society”. Confessing that the crown has also robbed her of a genuine relationship. She further said “that I am now a beauty queen does not mean that I am given a special treatment at home. At home, I am Grace, who cooks, washes my mother‟s clothes and participates in other chores. I dare not come home late because I would incur my mother‟s wrath. “To my mother, you are first a child and you must adhere to the rules in the house”. To go far, in “University of Life” you have to be self disciplined. You don‟t have to loose your head! You are to be yourself and play your part! Consequently God will continue to do new things in your life as He did in the life of Beauty Queen Grace Ndem Sumuko in today‟s inspirational story. God is a God of several opportunities. He is a God of another chance. He can bring a change, as He brought change to the life of Grace Sumuko from an unknown student to a beauty Queen! Change is possible with God. Even though He changeth not, yet His programmes are not static. Please know that it is never too late to have a change or to get it right. Dr. David Oyedepo said: “No matter how far away you have gone from divine plan, it‟s never late to be right”. Therefore, take courage now and say to God, “Lord, get me back on the right track of your plan for my life”. God is committed in leading you, if you are committed to following Him! Today‟s Bible quotations is saying that God has a good purpose for creating you, you are designed to fulfil a great assignment here on earth. But you have to go to Him to locate what it is. You must ask Him to show you what it is. You are to position yourself to be guided by God, this will make a lot of different in your pursuit. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord help me to stay on course with my divine plan and protect my destiny and shield them from the evil that beset others in Jesus Name. Further Study: 1st Pet. 2:9; 1st Cor. 7:20, 25; Exod. 23:20-23. Scripture Reading: Isa. 5:1-13; Psalm 37. DAY 11. PLAY YOUR PART & BE YOURSELF (2) Today’s Bible Quotation: “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” - Jeremiah 1:5. We continue today‟s devotional from the Grace Ndam Sumuko, the outgoing Most Beautiful Girl in Abuja story of yesterday. Her height and eyes remain her greatest assets. Right from her childhood, people had been talking about her height. She is 5ft 11ins! Even before she was interested, she already knew how to cat walk and be graceful. Hear her. “Though I never knew that I would be a queen someday, I knew that my height would get me somewhere”. Was there any fear that she would not win the pageant? “Yes, while were in camp, I saw other beautiful girls and there was this particular girl going round with the story that she would win. I was really afraid that I would not win but God surprised me. I believe beauty is about brain, brawn and what you can offer others. Beauty goes beyond make-up or clothes”. When asked if her friends have changed. Here her: “Everybody knows that I am down to-earth. They know that I cannot stop being a friend to my friends just because I wear a crown. My friends are there for me, nothing has changed in that aspect of my life. I am still Grace and will still remain Grace, even when I become Miss World”. God has deposited certain “gift” in you, in which, once identified will move you to HIGHER GROUND. Just as the height of Miss Grace Sumuko (5ft 11in), got here somewhere (Beauty queen). But you have to identify these special “gifts”. It is no accident that you are different. There is something that you are created to do, and that only a person with your qualities can do. Yes, you might be skinner, heavier, shorter or slower. Those differences make you unique. Think of diamonds, they are valuable not because they are like other rocks, but because they are different. You, like diamonds, are unique and it‟s that uniqueness that make you special! Remember you are special because you are different not because you are like everybody else. Hear Leo Buscaglia: “The world is our incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours”. You must first understand that you did not just happen, you were made (Psalm 100:3, 139:14), to perform certain unique role in your office, ministry, family, community and etc. Hear Bishop David Oyedepo: “You are a high tech product packaged to perform certain well defined functions. Since no product determines his purpose, you cannot determine your purpose, all you can do is to discover it”. Today‟s Bible quotations is saying that before you were born, God had already known what you will become. So you must find out, “what you are created to be”. You need to find out from HIM what that plan is and pursue it with all fervency. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, help me to locate my planting and abide there in Jesus name. Amen. Further Study: Isaiah 48:17-21; Deut. 32:9-14; Genesis 30:25-34. Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:11-21; Psalm 100; Psalm 139. DAY 12. DON’T GIVE INTO TEMPTATIONS (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man, is tempted, when he is drawn of away if his own lust, and enticed” - James 1:13-14. Not many politicians are as lucky as Hon. Stanley Ugochuckwu Ohajuruka. Twice he was elected the Abia State House of Assembly and twice, he was speaker. By his ninth year in politics, he won a seat at the lower chamber of the National Assembly where he represents the Ikwuano/Umahia North/Umahia South Federal constituency. When he showed interest in 1999 after his master degree, there was less opposition because people did not look at him as an individual, but by his family name. They would say: “This is Ohajuruku‟s son and that resonated in their psyche” “That has guided all my actions in the Abia political terrain and as a legislator in Abuja” nothing shall bring down the family name” he says. He believes that politics is about development of the society and change and believe that a visionary leader should not compromise no matter what he goes through. He said his parents influenced his life a great deal. Hear him: “I had a strong family pedigree and very religious. We were a conservative family with strong societal values, which were inculcated from birth”. With my parents, it was strict adherence to these values and I thank God for this because these values have helped me politically”. When asked if we had been tempted or ever succumbed to temptation. Hear him: “If you have been brought up with the belief that engaging in illicit affair is bad, then you would not indulge in it. I was brought up to abhor such things and no matter the position I had attained, even when I was twice a speaker at the State Assembly, I refused to give in to temptations”. Hon. Stanley Ohajuruku is a good ambassador of his community. He exercised Godliness with contentment! This is a good virtue for any child of God. In I timothy 6:3-6, God‟s words explains to us about something that is of great gain to us in contentment. The word contentment means to be at ease in every situation or remain calm and not worry because of any challenge. You have to have trust and faith in God that all is well and continue to be well. Believe that God will supply all your need, and you don‟t have to be corrupt before you get on in life. You are enjoyed to combine contentment with trust in God. If you do this, the Bible say in Roman 10:11, that you will not be put in shame. You are not what you have, but what you are, so even if something looks reducing, you can always get it again. Just as in today‟s bible quotation (James 1:13&14), you are not to give in to temptation. God does not tempt anybody, the devil does! Stop worrying and believe God to continue to sustain you by His Grace. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, give me grace to be contented. Further Reading: Psalm 92:4-5 (NIV); Psalm 107:8-9 (NIV); John 6:35;. Scripture Reading: Isaiah 56:10-11; 1st Kings 21:14-end DAY 13. DON’T GIVE IN TO TEMPTATIONS (2) Today’s Bible Quotation: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” - James 1:2, 3, & 12. From, yesterday‟s devotional on Hon. Stanley Ohajuruka story. As a man, Hon. Stanley, will not say there are no temptations from the opposite sex but he said, “you can easily ward that off by the family values that have been imbibed in you”. I simply remember who I am and the family name I must protect” When asked if there had been some money – politicking in Abia State when he was speaker. He said “I am not too keen about acquiring wealth because if I am, I would have been enticed by the kind of financial overtures dangled before me to remove the state governor then!! But he believed the peoples mandate should supersede any personal interest. That someone did not like the face of the governor is not enough to remove him. We were determined and it was like a battle then between the former governor of Abia and the presidency. “It resulted in a political brinksmanship to the extent that certain financial accruals were denied the state. Naturally, that should have made us more vulnerable but we stood our ground and did not allow money to entice us. He said, money is not everything to him, as long as he can pay his children‟s fees, be a responsible father and husband, he does not have to be corrupt or be a money – politician. That act made him a reference point in the state and made him continually relevant because he decided to be on the side of the people and not money. He said “Living a modest life is better than living ostentatiously and being corrupt”. When you are contented with what you have, your drive towards corruption diminishes. Being ostentatious is simply being attracted to corruption”. Hon Stanley Ohajuruku is still relevant today in Abia state politics because he shunned temptation! You too can refuse to be tempted. In today‟s bible quotations, James 1:2, 3 & 12. God promised to bless the man that shun temptation and that a glorious crown is awaiting the person that shuns temptation! But in Luke 22:40, Jesus mandated us to pray, so as to overcome temptation. Therefore, when facing any tempting situation. PRAYER is the answer. One important thing to do in overcoming temptation is “self discipline”. “The first and best victory” said Plato, “is to control self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile”. In order to attain worthwhile achievement, you must first exercise control of yourself, and must not choose money as the purpose of living, and don‟t seek it more than God, since you cannot serve God and mammon (Matt. 6:24) PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, deliver me from the spirit of money Further Study: Proverbs 15:18 (NIV); Proverb 25:26; Luke 21:19. Scripture Reading: 2nd Peter 1:5-7; James 4:7; Roman 12:21. DAY 14. WRONG CHOICE (HE DUMPED THE PULPIT FOR FETISH PRACTICE) (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: “Word of the King‟s decision spread quickly throughout all Israel,… the great wisdom God has given him to render decision with justice” - 1st Kings 3:16-28. If Samuel Tanko Ibrahim had any premonition of danger, he would have abandoned his home for his patient turned wife. But those signs were hidden from him and he was swept away by painful death. The late Ibrahim who was living with Eunice at Bukan, Cid area in Lafia, was allegedly stabbed by the nursing mother for allegedly straying into the laps of a mistress! Ibrahim, once a fire-brand preacher and a pastor in a Pentecostal church at Akeleku, some 20 kilometers away from the state capital, DUMPED the PULPIT, some years ago for a career in FETISH PRACTICE. That was when he met mentally deranged Eunice. As at the time, the late Ibrahim‟s only resolve was to set her loose of the Psychiatric enslavement, depressing situations are usually unfair to beauty. Thus, Eunice blossomed even in beauty, with sanity restored, and arrested Ibrahim‟s attention. Before long, they were in love, and this culminated in her becoming the third wife. The suspected murderer is believed to have been abandoned by her previous husband, with whom she had four children, at the peak of her psychiatric problem. She has since produced a five-month old daughter for Ibrahim. The late herbalist never failed to respond to his innate desire for pretty women. His first wife, it was learnt, now lives in Abuja with her five children, while the second, who she married shortly after the pastoral experience, currently resides in Keana local government area of the state. If Samuel Tanko Ibrahim were to be given another opportunity to re-live his life, I am sure he will never dump the pulpit for fetish practice, which eventually caused him his life. In the “University of life”, the choice we make is very important. You need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to make a good decision. Since your decision has so much to do with your life, learn to have patience and re-think of issue before taking a decision. Do not forget, He has promise to fill your mouth when you open it with wisdom and power (Psalm 81:10, Luke 21:15). The decisions of abandoning his home, and pulpit eventually swept away Samuel Tanko Ibrahim! On the contrary, in today‟s bible quotations, king Solomon (as a young man) had to face a time to give judgement to the people. So the critical case in the quotation was brought before him. With God‟s wisdom, he decided and gave a judgement that amazed every one (Isaiah 30:15). Ask for God‟s wisdom to enable you to make a right choice! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, fill my mouth as I open it with wisdom. Further Study: Proverbs 24:30-34; Galatians 5:19-24. Scripture Reading: Proverbs 2:11-19, 1st Cor. 5:9-11; Psalm 81; Luke 21. DAY 15. WRONG CHOICE (HE DUMPED THE PULPIT FOR FETISH PRACTICE) (2) Today’s Bible Quotation: “A person without self control is as defenseless as a city with broken down walls” - Prov. 25:28 – (NLT) Continuing today‟s devotional from yesterday Samuel Tanko Ibrahim story. Eunice was arrested and was paraded with other suspects, at the Police Command in Lafia. Narrating her story, Eunice explained that she returned home to meet a note by her late husband‟s friend, Usman Sabo, to meet him for a discussion during which Usman Sabo intimated her of Ibrahim‟s infidelity and how he rented an apartment for a girl friend where the man always enjoyed some nice time. Eunice, later went to confirm and found out that what Usman Sabo told her was true after seeing her late husband‟s personal belongings in the girl friend‟s room. Consequent, she said she called the husband on phone and told him that she was in the house she rented for her girl friend. After this she was said to have gone ahead to gather some of the man‟s belongings and took them outside the house where she started setting them ablaze. On his arrival, she said, the man queried the act and this led to exchange of words that eventually degenerated into physical combat. It was in the process of struggle, according to her account, that she turned around, saw a knife close by and used it to stab the man on the chest! He later fell into a nearby ditch and gave up the ghost before being taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. On what prompted Usman a friend to late Ibrahim, to take such a decision of showing Eunice the rented apartment. Usman said he was angered by his friend‟s act of infidelity and over spending on other women while leaving his other wives without proper attention. Although late Samuel Tanko Abraham act of infidelity is condemnable, but Eunice lacked self control! No matter the situation, you find yourself, you have to control your emotion. You have to decide to control yourself. God‟s word says in today‟s bible quotation (Proverb 25:28) that a person that cannot control himself/herself is like a city without wall, this simply means it can be attacked and be destroyed any time. It also means the enemy could easily trap and overcomes such person. SO LET YOUR WANTS, CHOICES AND DECISION BE DRIVEN BY WHAT YOU NEED RATHER THAN WHAT YOU WANT. Do not allow your flesh to rule over your spirit. You have to discipline yourself! Decide on when to say no and when to stand up, so as to escape the trap of the devil. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, help me to gain control over my body in Jesus name. Further Reading: 1st Tim. 1:9-10; 2nd Tim. 3:2-6 Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25; 1st Cor. 6:9-20. DAY 16. SADNESS TO BUNDLE OF JOY (1) (God’s compensation for long suffering) Today‟s Bible Quotation: “….So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad” - 1st Samuel 1:18. At 24, Mrs. Bosede Ojo was involved in an auto crash that affected her pelvis in 1997 and was subsequently advised by doctor not to bear children till after 10 years! Eleven years later, she married and conceived. At first doctors told her that she was with twins. Later, scan revealed three babies. However at the time of delivery, she was delivered of quadruplet! It has been a mixed grill of joy and sadness of Mrs. Bosede Ojo. The arrival of her quadruplet has been since the arrival of the babies, everyone thronged her home both to see and touch the bundles of joy from heavens. Much as she was expected to be full of joy and gladness however, fear and sadness have been her bane! Her grief is informed by the lack of preparedness for more than one baby. Like every couple, Mr. and Mrs Ojo have been expecting a child only to have four! And that has brought on them so much emotional, mental and much her experience. Hear her: “I have experience the bitter side of life. In the accident that claimed my leg and pelvis, over ten passengers died. Also, I married late at the age 35. In fact, doctors have almost written me off. But see what God has done with my life. Our major problem now is how to get money to raise the children”! One inquiry if she took fertility drugs to boost her pregnancy that resulted in giving birth to the quadruplet, she said: “No, I did not use any drugs at all. What for? I got married and conceived. In fact, we thought it was twins until a week to my delivery when told to do scan. According to the doctor, there were three babies and we were asked to prepare for that. When I delivered I found they were four! That is where God supersedes the doctor, I delivered four babies three girls and one boy to the surprise of the medical personnel. I believe it is God‟s compensation for my long suffering and my late marriage!” As God did for Mr. & Mrs Bosede Ojo, He can do you own! He can wipe away your tears. THERE IS NO IMPOSSIBILITY IN GOD‟S DICTIONARY. YOU ARE NEXT TO REJOICE! In today‟s Bible quotation, we are told that Hannah went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad. She received her request from God. God will turn your sadness to bundle of joy, and compensate you, but you must take refuge in the Lord, as commanded in Psalm 5:11 (NLT), which says “But let who take refuge in you rejoice, let them sing joyful praises forever, protect them, so all who love your name may be filled with joy”. This month, God will surprise you with His goodness, fill your mouth with laughter and your feet with dancing. Receive this by faith! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, restore my joy fully. Further Study: Psalm 126:1-6, Isaiah 35:1-10 Scripture Reading: Psalm 5; Psalm 91; Psalm 100. DAY 17. SADNESS TO BUNDLE OF JOY (2) (God’s compensation for long suffering) Today’s Bible Quotation: “Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! singing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is” - Psalm 66:1-2. Continuing from yesterday‟s Mrs Bosede Ojo story. When asked if she ever dreamt of having triplets or quadruplets or if there was multiple birth tendency in family lineage. She confirmed the history of twins in her family, but not quadruplet. She is first to have four at a time in her family! The baby were christened Okiki 1, Okiki 2, Okiki 3, Okiki 4 respectively. Since naming them Okiki (famous), she had become popular! Because of babies fame, she has also become highly sought after. The husband, Oluwole Ojo, a public servant, said “some men run away when their wives gives birth to triplets or quadruplets, but I will not run away from my responsibility”. As God did for Mr. & Mrs Oluwole Ojo, God is going to do the UNUSUAL in your life this month. God is going to change your story, as He changed the story of Mrs. Bosede Ojo. The Lord can do all things! He can change a destiny within 24 hours! Joseph rose from the prison to the palace within 24 hours! God will give you a 24-hour miracle this month. Mordecai‟s story changed within 24 hours! After Amalek‟s attack, David rose from zero to hero. He rose from nothing to something! Jabez‟s story changed from groaning to glory, from sorrow to soaring because, God answered his prayers! Within 24 hours! Jephthar the rejected became Jephthar the selected. Jephthar the chased, became Jephthar the chosen by those who laughed at him (Judges 11:1-10). God did to Mrs. Bosede Ojo, she became famous after the birth of the quadruplets, as God did to Esther. Esther the slave girl, became Esther the served, she became Esther the celebrated. God will do the same for you this month! God‟s word says, sorrow may endure till a night but joy will always come in the morning (Psalm 30:5). This is an assurance and evidence that sorrow is not part of life of a child of God. This is an evidence that what you are going through now will soon result to joy. In fact, the tougher it is, the closer is it to your joy!. In today‟s Bible quotation Psalm 66:1-2 (NLT) that we are to “shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is”. What you are going through is about to bring about a new unfolding miracle in your life! All you need to do is to wait and don‟t complain. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR TODAY O Lord, turn my sorrow to joy in Jesus name. Further Study: Job. 14:14; 1st Cor. 10:10; Hebrews 10:23; John 16:19-21. Scripture Reading: Psalm 30; Psalm 66; Job 14. DAY 18. TEARS OF JOY Today’s Bible Quotation: “…If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” - Mark 9:23 After two years of cross-crossing America‟s 50 states, giving campaign speeches and swaying crowds, Barrack Obama gave his historic victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at the Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois. His acceptance speech as President elect of the United States. US met with many a “wet eye”. As his oratory rang out in that Chicago sky, 200,000 plus audience came to the realization of a life-long dream. Obama‟s Manta, “yes we can!” In that privileged audience was Jesse Jackson, foremost African – American civil rights leader, who had himself tired to crack the glass ceiling by becoming the first man of colour to be elected American‟s President in 1988. An emotional Jackson could not control himself as he shed TEARS OF JOY, while watching Obama take on the mantle of the most powerful man on earth. In Nigeria- An earth quake of joy erupted on Tuesday 11th Nov. 2008 in Benin city as the court of Appeal declared Action Congress (AC) candidate Adams Oshimhole winner of the April 14, 2007 Edo State governorship election. The courts president, Justice Umaru Abdullah, led a five-man panel to deliver a unanimous of the lower tribunal. It dismissed all the interlocutory and substantial appeals filed by former Governor Osershiemen Osunbor against the declaration of Oshiomhole by the Justice Peter Umeadi - led tribunal as winner of the election. On Thursday, 13th Nov. 2008, Adams Oshiomhole was sworn in as the Governor of Edo State, and many the ceremony, including Oshiomhole himself could not control themselves as they all shed TEARS OF JOY! We need to come to the awareness of potency of the God we serve. He can DO ALL THINGS! He created the heavens and the earth. He created the mountains and the sea. He parted the red sea; he brought water from the rock and what else can he not do! The mighty and unexpected thing in the lives of Barrack Obama of United State and Oshiomhole of Nigeria are through the HAND OF GOD. And there is nothing HE cannot do (Lk 1:37). I am glad to let you know that he can also do mighty things in your life. If only you can believe! Jesus said, all things are possible to him that believes. In today Bible readings, something has proved impossible for the disciples of Jesus. When Jesus came he accused them of their faithfulness. Your current situation will submit. You only need to believe in God in all your undertaking. This month God will SURPRISE you. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, I claim back what belongs to me with faith in the name of your Jesus Further Study: Mark 9:14-27, Luke 1:30-37 Scripture Reading: Exodus chapters 14,15,16 & 17. DAY 19. “MISSED OPPORTUNITIES ARE MISSED FOR EVER” Today’s Bible Quotation: “There they will say, „Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loud mouth, who missed his opportunity!” - Jer. 46:17 (NLT) Nigerian coach, Felix Ibe Ukwu summed up the adventures of his team at New Zealand 2008, when he observed after his team‟s 1-10 loss against England. “Football is all about opportunities. Once you have the opportunity you must utilize it, and if you don‟t you loose out”, he asserted. The coach was no doubt referring to the fact that Nigeria created 20 shots on goal against the Young Lionesses, who only managed two in return. Yet it was England‟s Jessica Holbrook who scored the only goal of the game. “We can do better against Brazil and we are going to do better”, promised commanding striker Amarachi Okonkwo. And Nigeria did, scoring two goals against Brazil, including a deft outside of foot effort from Okonkwo herself. Yet, it was not enough, as Brazil also scored twice, from long range to condemn the Nigerian to elimination! And again, the Falconettes were left running some misses early in the game. Here coach Ibe Ukwu. “We have learned one important lesson: the missed opportunities are missed for ever, and they never come back”. If this group of Nigerian players can indeed add some opportunism to their game, then they will be a formidable prospect in women‟s football in years to came. “I am very disappointed but I can‟t blame the players because they gave all they could give” said Ibe Ukwu after the draw with Brazil had ended their hopes. “The important thing is to know why we lost and the way we lost, and to keep on working dutifully. We have to take advantage of this experience and keep on training hard for the next world cups”. In the “University of life”, you just don‟t throw away rear opportunity that comes your way. Since opportunity comes but once! Most opportunities will not be found where they are sought, but rather, they are wrapped up within each of us. Opportunity is everywhere but the trouble with most people is that they look far away for opportunities, which are sought at hand. Hear Dunning: “Great opportunities come to all, but many do not know they have met them”. While Baten says “weak men wait for opportunities, strong men make them”. You are to even create your opportunity, not waiting for it! Ephesians 5:16, says, we should “make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these days evil while Galatians 6:10 says “Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters”. Ask for the Grace of God not to miss your opportunity and the grace to identify one, when you see one! Give us in Proverb 1:24-33. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, give me the wisdom not to miss an opportunity in Jesus name. Further Study: Colossian 4:5, Proverb 1:24-33. Scripture Reading: Exodus chapters 18,19 & 20 DAY 20. DON’T RUN FROM CHALLENGE RESIGN TO FATE (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: “Fight the good fight of faith…” 1st Timothy 6:12 They started as schoolmates and friends. Parted briefly, then rekindled their friendship. Today they are miles apart, financially and socially. They are Mr. Jimi Ovia and Mr. Goddy Ehikwe. Those that have not meet Jim Ovia, one on one, most have reed or heard about his exploits in the banking sector, where his name stands out. He presides over one of the leading financial constitutions in Nigeria – Zenith Bank. Ovia was once a student at Ilea Grammar School, Agbor. He was, and there he made series of friends including Ehikwe. After secondly education, Ovia and Ehikwe relocated to Lagos and lived close to each other at Jibowu. “While he was working at Barday‟s Bank, I was working in MINT” Ehikwe recalled. Ehikwe continued: “our friendship became tick and eventually we both had the opportunity to travel overseas for further studies Jim left for the United State in March 1975, while I left for England in September of the same year”. They eventually continue their friendship after their studies on their return to Nigeria in the early 80s. While Ovia started the Zenith Bank, and was doing well, life plays in explicable and funny tricks on Ehikwe. Ovia was soaring up, in financial power and fame, while Ehikwe was battling to pay his house rent. With his wife deserting him, two years of house rent hanging on his neck and joblessness in his kot, Ehikwe cuts the picture of those merely existing in Lagos. Determine to be an employer of labour, he had thought of a small scale industry, and end up producing industrial ice block. But the business that reportedly “pocked up” at the outset later collapsed! With the failure of the business came crumbling all he had laboured to build over the years. Many people in life are yet to realize that we are here for battle. Our daily living is battle. This is certain and true! This should not make us afraid but awake and get us ready victory. You don‟t need to run from your challenges, just as Mr. Ehikwe should not run from his! These challenges are there to prove your ability in God for victory. Faith is our weapon for victory. Faith is fighting with the mysteries of God. Battles of life cannot be fought with human wisdom but by your understanding of the mysterious weapon of God. In today‟s Bible reading, God‟s word says we should fight the good fight of faith. This is fighting with great power we have in God for our victory. They are the NAME OF JESUS, the BLOOD OF JESUS and the WORD OF GOD. Know that there is no mountain that can stand before them. Stop looking at your situation helplessly. You are not created for failure. You are destined to win! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, give me understanding of the mysteries of your working power. Further Study: 1st Timothy 6:12-14 Scripture Reading: Exodus chapters 21, 22, 23 & 24 DAY 21. DON’T RUN FROM CHALLENGES (2) DON’T RESIGN TO FATE Today’s Bible Quotation: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report” - Phil. 4:8. Continuing today‟s devotional from yesterday Ehikwe & Ovia story. The first thing Ehikwe had to contend with was decision of his wife to pack out of his apartment in Anthony village. “My wife could not bear the new reality. She decided one day to pack everything in our apartment, saying I can no longer leave up to my responsibilities as the head of the family. With that she moved out of my life”. Ehikwe recounted. He gave reason for the liquidation: “My inability to purchase a generating plant, to compliment power holding brought the whole thing to a failure. I am however hoping to get assistance someday. Then I will not only bounce back but expand my scope by including some other lines”. He is to confident he would have been on a better stead if he had been able to discuss with his old friend, Ovia. Unfortunately, he had not seen him for five years. Has he made efforts? Yes, to no avail. In fact, he claimed to have made repeated but unsuccessful efforts on more than 20 occasions to secure audience with the old school mate. Ehikwe is so prepared that even if he were to meet Ovia in a lift that lasts half a minute, he would present his case. “I will caste him how he could assist one out of where I am today” he said. One is taken aback that such an old schoolmate and long standing friend could be in Lagos, desperate to see each other without success! Even Ehikwe has no answer to the question, and he confessed it. “I will like Ovia to come to my and” Ehikwe submitted. Besides Ovia, Ehikwe admitted that he has other friends and schoolmates, some of who are very comfortable and have equaled made it. He has not covered his predicament from them, he revealed. In fact, he is banking on the hope that help could come from some that had given him assurance. With a strong faith in what the future holds, Ehikwe appears to have secretly vowed not to resign to fate while he sustains the hope of meeting his friend, Ovia. Nothing will change in the life of a man/woman until the change commences from him. Changes from within will always give birth to outward change. In today‟s Bible reading, we read a lesson on how to bring about our change. For his to be possible a man needs a total renewal of his mind. This is possible by bathing in the water of the word of God meditating (Roman 12:1, John 15:3). God‟s word can cleanse our mind if we wholly give ourselves to it with meekness. Then limit your thinking to what we need today and stay positive in all situations! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, give me a new heart that thinks in a brand new glorious way. Further Study: Phillippians 4:1-6, Roman 12:1-10, John 15:3-8 Scripture Reading: Exodus chapters 25,26 & 27 DAY 22. WORLD’S SECOND SURVIVING OCTUPLETS MIRACLE CAN BE YOURS Today’s Bible Quotation: “Who, contrary to hope, in hope believe, so that he become the father of many nations, according to the word spoken...” - Romans 4:18. A United State woman gave birth to eight babies at a time, only the second in history, OCTUPLETS have survived more than a few hours, doctors said. The mother gave birth to six boys and 2 girls weighing between 1 pound 8 ounces and 3 pounds 4 ounces, doctors at Kaises Permantes Bell flower medical centre said. the hospital had scheduled a caesarian section for seven babies but doctors were surprised when an eighth came out at 10:48 am. Doctors said the babies were born nine weeks premature but were in stable condition. Two newborns were based on ventilators and a third needs oxygen. The doctor in charge of the infants - Dr Mandhir Gupta said the mother is a very strong woman so she probably will be able to handle all the eight babies. The world‟s first live octuplets were born in March 1967 in Mexico city but all the babies died within 14 hours, according to Encyclopedia Britanica. The united States first live octuplets were born in Houston in December 1998. They were three months premature. Here Dr Harold Henry, chief of maternal and foetal medicine at the hospital said “despite weeks of preparation, we did not expect the eighth child. Ultrasound doesn‟t show you everything.” The mother checked into the hospital in her 23rd week of pregnancy and gave birth seven weeks later. All the eight babies will probably remain in the hospital for at least two months and the mother should be released in a week, said Dr Karen Maples- one of the doctors in charge. Dr Richard Paulson, director of fertility programme at the University of Southern California said “For people who use fertility drugs, the vast majority of births- 80% are single babies. Among multiple births, the most common are twins.” It‟s easier to control the number of births through in-vitro fertilization, which involves combining egg and sperm in a lab dish and transferring the embryo into the uterus. Fertility drugs induce or enhance ovulation and couples often opt for selective reduction, in which women carrying multiple foetuses reduce the number of viable foetuses to two. You can see that this is a MIRACLE BIRTH which deferred medical predictions. This type of miracle and more can be yours but you have to have hope in the God you are serving!. Today, so many people have come to believe that having hope is actually wrong. They think life is better based on fate and not faith. Fate is whatever life can bring but faith ius the assurance of what God can do. If you cannot be hopeful then you cannot wait to see the great doing of God in your life. Are you looking for the fruit of the womb? Want to expel devourers from your earnings? Want to return to sender armours of disgrace, losses and dishonour which is targeted at your life? I pray you will outlast your challenges of life! When there‟s no way out of your challenges just remain afloat. If we cannot win over our challenges, let‟s outlast them. Whatever we are going through will eventually come to an end. In today‟s Bible quotation (Rom. 4: 18), though Abraham had reasons to be hopeless he retained his hope in the sure word of God. Your hope will move God to action. Even though he was old, he had experienced several years of childlessness and his wife had passed the stage of menopause, he knew that God‟s word was too certain. If only you can change your mind and start to hope in God‟s promises for you against all odds, then God‟s word will start to have its course in your life and the miracle that happened in today‟s inspirational story will happen to you in Jesus‟ name. Romans 12: 12 says “I rejoice and exult in hope, I‟m steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulations and constant in prayer”. You have to constantly be on your kneels for God‟s promises to be fulfilled in your life. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, disgrace every negative medical report concerning my body or my spouse‟s body. Lord ignite a miracle in this matter in Jesus‟ name. Further study: Isaiah 54:1-7; Exodus 23:25-26; 1st Sam. 1:1-end; Gen. 33:5; 48:9; Ps. 127:3. Scripture Reading: DAY 23. DON’T SUCCUMB TO THE DEVIL Today’s Bible Quotation: “Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass”- Psalm 37:5 (KJV) His real name and looks belite his trade. He is named thank God Obinna Ogu, but the victims of his wicked and devilish engagement would, instead of thanking God for him, in fact, curse him. He looks so innocent and harmless, but those are a facade concealing his real self. He specialized in going about allegedly duping wealthy, innocent and unsuspecting citizens, with the story that he had been paid to kill them. He would then demand a ransom as the only condition to restrain him, form carrying out the assignment. Thank God, an asthmatic patient had been moving round Lagos and other part of the country with a fake name. Ken Jackson and is successfully threatening and duping so many people with this story line. Luck, however, ran out on him when he attempted to use the same trick on one Adaku Ogbu Odenigwe. Obinnia Ogu had called her and introduced himself as Ken Jackson and told her that an undisclosed person had paid him N4 million. to terminate her life and that except she urgently paid N400,000 ransom into a certain account, she should consider herself dead. Not convinced by the suspect‟s story, Odenigwe decided to ignore his threat and carried on with her life. But in order to ensure that she complied, the suspect was alleged to have sourced for detailed informer turn about the victims family, after which he placed several calls to her parents threatening to kill her. If she continued to refuse to comply with his terms. Naturally, her parents who did not want to lose their precious daughter began to pile pressure on Adaku Odenigwe to comply. Thank God Obinna Ogu is not living his life in the way of the Lord. He is being control and possessed by Devil and that was why he had to take to duping wealthy innocent and unsuspecting citizens. Whatever your present condition, you don‟t need to take to crime and other unholy ways. Today‟s Bible quotation says you are to commit “your ways unto the Lord, and trust also in him and with that He will solve all your problems and bring them to pass. (Psalm 37:5). You don‟t have to succumb yourself to the devil. You are to trust in, rely on and have confident in Him (Psalm 31:14). There is no situation you are facing right now that God is not aware of. But you have to trust God at all times and pour your heart before Him and let Him be your refuge (Psalm 62:8). You have to recognize Jesus as the Lord in your life, day in day out, and with this, you will never struggle any moment any longer, and all your struggle will definitely come to a close. God will touch the heart of men and women for your sake, when you have give Jesus a proper place in your life and in your own heart. He will touch the heart of men both home and abroad for your sake and they will have no rest until they help you and until God remember you, nobody can remember you! The reason why people far and near has not put your matter unto their mind is that you did not commit your ways unto the Lord and that you have neglected the matter of the divine favour. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”. Unfortunately most Christians now seek the additional things God promised to add, and neglect seeking the kingdom. As you seek the kingdom and commit your ways to the Lord. He will make something beautiful out of your life, wash you and decorate you with divine favour in Jesus name. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, create in me a new, clean heart with strong passion to please you in all that I do in the name of Jesus. Further Study: Matthew 8:5-10, Hebrew 10:23, Roman 4:20-24, Jer. 32:27, Matthew 19:26, 2nd Chr. 6:15, Heb. 6:18a. Scripture Reading: DAY 24. MANAGE YOUR PERSONALITY Today’s Bible Quotation: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you” - 1st Peter 5:7 Yosola was finally going to meet the man who had been talking with her over the phone for several weeks. She was a lady in her thirties who had don everything she felt she needed to do to get married, but men just seemed not to be interested enough in her. When finally Yosola and Debo met, he felt that she was being slightly pushy. She had two statements for every statement he mad and was quite argumentative. As the evening wore on, Debo had made up his mind that she could not be the one for him. Though they both were in their late thirties he did not see a dutiful wife in Yosola, but an overtly assertive lady. His conclusion at the end of the dinner was that she was too motherly for him which was a nice way of saying that she was too bossy. Yosola was a nice lady but she was too opinionated. She just did not seem to know when to refrain from talking. Yosola was a successful lady when already had her own house. Many men avoided her because they thought she was proud because her wealth had gone unto her head. She just did not know how to manage her personality. What she thought was friendliness was seen as business. What she felt was frank talk was termed unkind or unwanted truth. If a lady is an extrovert she must learn to manage her extrovert nature when she is just meeting people for the first time. You don‟t get a second chance of giving a good first impression! Most men want to marry a lady who will look up to them. No matter how advanced the world becomes. Men still understand their role to be one of leading the home. Every man wants respect, especially from their spouse. So, if a lady is friendly with a man who she thinks may probably propose to her, she must make sure that she does not scare him off by being disrespectful. When a man notices that a lady he is not married to finds it easy to boss him around, he starts wondering if he is doing himself a whole load of good by maiming her. And even if he sees nothing wrong with her, his friends and relatives will tell him all the inherent dangers in marring a woman who is too bossy! It is normal, for Yosola to get worried, when in her thirties, she is yet to get married! But in today‟s bible quotations, you are to give all your worries to God, for he cares about what happens to you! He will not for sake you. But there are some role you have to play. It may require, improving your personality. A Confucianism proverb says “Behave towards everyone as if receiving a great guest”. Doing this, you will improve your personality and you get what you need at the right time. You have to be affable! An affable person is one that is not difficult to approach or talk to because of his/her pohte and friendly being. He is down-to-earth”, as the expression goes – not aloof or beyond the normal means of communication. An affable person meets with all people on a common level. After doing all these, Psalm 55:22 (NLT) says “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit you to slip and fall. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, empower me to wait on you in prayers in Jesus name. Scripture Reading: Exodus chapters 35, 36 & 37 DAY 25. DISCOVER YOUR POTENTIALS DON’T RESIGN TO FATE Today’s Bible Quotation: “So the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled and spotted” Gen. 30:39 After several years of wallowing in the wilderness in search of a best suited career, mother luck literally smiled on Mrs. Okeke by making a return to her first love – the art and science of biology, the human anatomy called St. Eve concepts Ltd, a weight loss clinic that helps people to manage weight – related problems by providing them with complete nutritional support, inform of food supplements otherwise known as neutrizymes. On her childhood experience which actually prepared her for her current job, she confessed that as a child she was always excited about things that had to do with human anatomy, which is why her best subject in the secondary school was biology, which she did creditably well but could not pursue it as a course of study at the university. “I don‟t have any particular training as such. But the passion has always been there. I have always been conscious of my body weight”, she says her desire to go into weight management and internal beauty sea was borne out of necessity. The idea to get involved in slimming treatment arose after her trip to Singapore, where she had gone in search of treatment herself, oftensibly to burn off excess calories in her system. After getting her treatment, she discovered that the supplements were certainly the much sought after elixir of life! However, despite the initial hiccups, she remained undaunted. “Not long after I came back from Singapore, we got in touch with the manufacturing company but they thought we were joking. “In fact, at a point they felt drop the phone on us because they felt we were 419ness. Until invited them here for a seminar and we finally went to the USA to discuss with them” she recalled. She finally set up shop on February, 2007 and has never looked back ever since. When God is ready to visit someone, He will begin to reveal great secret to him/her. It could be in the dream or just making him/her to contact information or take a step as done by Mrs. Okere. This will bring his/her translation/transformation to glory. Just as revealed in today‟s Bible reading, when it was time for God‟s visitation to Jacob, God began to reveal to him the secrets to his multiplication. He took the instruction by faith and presented it before his boss. Your time of visitation has also come. Please expect great REVELATION of God this time. God will expose you to some information that will transform you! All you need to do is to learn to be faithful to God, and you will see His Victory! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, reveal my breakthrough to me. Further Study: Genesis 30:31-41, Genesis 41:37-46, Acts 3:1-10 Scripture Reading: Exodus chapters 38,39 & 40 DAY 26. DISCOVER YOUR POTENTIALS (2) Today’s Bible Quotation: “A man‟s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” - Proverbs 18:6. On a visit to his EKO gymn & sea on Victoria Island Lagos, is enough to tell even a first timer that Bode Ejiwumi, is much more than his good looks and debonair background. Going through the facility, you, will probably wonder where this fellow, whose peers might still probably be in school, got the inspiration and energy, not only to establish the place, but also have let up and running. As he reveals, its is something he has always loved to do. To start with, he says his mother has always been in the fitness and spa business. My mother started the first spa in Nigeria, which is the Eko Hotel and suites spa, which I then took over. So, it is a business I love by – it is an industry my mother started – so, as a child, I have always been around. I can do it myself, I know this industry like the back of my hand, I probably know this industry better than I know the back of my hand”, he explains. However, Mr. Bode Ejiwumi qualified as a lawyer and has earlier practiced in England for some years before returning to Nigeria. Ejiwumi, believes that though he is no longer practicing law, his degree has proved very resourceful even in the line of business he is now into – But dumping law practice, he says, has absolutely nothing to do with not having the verse to be in the profession. On the contrary, he says, he greatly enjoyed his practice while it lasted”. “I felt there was something greater for me in life that just being a lawyer. I felt there was a bigger calling for myself. Though I enjoy law, and enjoy using it everyday”. But considering his pedigree, don‟t people raise eye brows when they get to hear that rather than practicing and aspiring to the bench, just like his late father, he has decided to toe a completely different line? But for Ejiwumi, such reactions have no effect on him, force, as he insists he is working in an industry he greatly believed in. It is very important to discover yourself. Most people have not yet discovered the hidden gift which God placed in them. The bible reading for today talked about the gift in a man/woman that will make room (prosperity) for the man/woman. God has put in every man one thing or the other to be used to climb to the top. These are inform of gifts, talents or call it potentials, just as Mr. Bode Ejiwumi, despite qualifying as a lawyer, used his talent/gift to establish the Eko Gym & Spa Ltd. God‟s word says the gift of a man will make a way for him/her (Proverb 18:16). There is something special about you. It makes you stand out among your peers. It draws people to you. People are astonished when you express it but it is so natural to you. It is a simply called gift. Everybody has not least a gift. However, not everyone is aware of it. A few people pay attention to it. Alas, most people are indifferent about their gifts. Your gift when developed will link you to open doors in life. You have greatness inside of you. Wake up my dear friend! It is your twin to be celebrated. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, grant me grace to keep serving faithfully. Further study: Scripture Reading: Leviticus chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4 DAY 27. IT IS A TRIAL! BE PATIENT AND YOU WILL OVERCOME (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: “That you do no become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promise” - Hebrews 6:9-18 Mary and Stephen got married on Dec, 1993. As a married couple, Mary and Stephen were the cynosures of all eyes. Reason: They were regarded as the quintessential couple ,whose love for each other waxed together day by day. Naturally, for a couple who dotted on one another, it was expected that they should have something to show for it, perhaps the wife should become an expectant mother. Unfortunately, this was not to be! However, after about six months of waiting for the fruit of the womb, they became conceived and decided to see their doctor. The doctor allayed their fear and told them that it takes about an average of one year of unprotected regular intercourse for pregnancy to occur and they have no reason to be disturbed about the situation at that point in time. “The situation was more tensed and we became really worried after trying for about five years without any success”, the distraught wife added. Close members of their family who were also worried over their plight started introducing them to hospitals, alternative medicine practitioners and marabouts. At a stage, some close relatives of the couple also mooted the idea of taking a second wife for the man, with the hope that she would conceive a child, but Stephen rebuffed such suggestion. Since he believed that “it was a trial from God an as such picking a second wife might not necessarily result into fathering a child”. However, after a lot of pressure, Stephen said, “I did toy with the idea at a point in time of having a second wife, but the lady I proposed to declined, because she believed that I only wanted her because my wife was barren, and I might abandoned her if she doesn‟t bear me children or even if she does, as soon as my first wife started bearing children”. In life, you have to be persistence and have patience. In God, you cannot do without faith. That is why you cannot afford to just give up this race of life. You must win! Sometimes, God is not moved by HOW LONG, but firm you have decided to stand to the end! Just as we read about Abraham in today‟s Bible reading. God‟s word refers to him as a man who through faith and patience, inherited the promise. Though it was taking time, but he did not allow the situation to affect his faith. He knew that is a twinkle of an eye, God is able to fulfill His promises. He also knew God was only testing his ability to persist (Deuteronomy 8:2,3,13). Decide to provoke God‟s hand by your persistence. Make your conclusion based on the faithfulness of God staggered not (Roman 4:20). Patiently wait. And your case will become a miracle! Men shall share your testimony everywhere and everyone that hears it shall laugh with you (Genesis 21:6). PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, strengthen me to keep my faith to the end. Further Study: Hebrews 6:9-18, Genesis 21:4-15, Rom. 4:18-25 Scripture Reading: Leviticus chapters 5,6 & 7 DAY 28. IT IS A TRIAL, BE PATIENT AND YOU WILL OVERCOME (2) Today’s Bible Quotation: “Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed so that he became the father of many nations, according to the word spoken” - Romans 4:18. Continuing from yesterday devotional. Having dropped the idea of marrying a second wife, the couple soonest their mind towards having a child. Stephen recalled his experience this way “I am not sure l can recall all the places we went to during our travails. For a couple to remain childless for about 13 years in our African setting, the steps and places that they would have taken are better imagined than explained. However, I can recall that we started from may Hospitals in 1994 and passed through LUTH, Lagoon Hospital, Lafia Hospital Abeokuta, the National Hospital Abuja. I also consulted urologists in London, Salway city hospital in Republic of Ireland and many others. However after consulting with doctors in UK and Ireland, the couple decided to register with NISA Premier Hospital in Abuja. That was the last hospital they attended before God answered their prayers. The good things was that they never consulted native doctors during the period of the trial! On relocation to Abuja, someone advised them to go for the Invotro-Fertilization (IVF) which was expected to cost them a pricely sum of N1 million. Desperate for a child at all cost, they agreed and paid the deposit of N350,000. However, in a clear reversal of fortune, their prayers were answered shortly after they opted for the IVF. Hear Mary “The day I was about to start the process (IVF), the doctors observed something and decided to conduct tests, after which he told me I am three months pregnant. I thought he was joking. When I later discovered that its true, I did not just know how to celebrate it”. The couple did not disclose the information to anybody, until about six months after. As fate would have it, Mary was later delivered of a baby boy on 30th August, 2007! With the agony of their Mary years of childlessness etched in their memory the couple are however grateful to God for crowing all their efforts with success! In life, if you cannot be hopeful then you cannot wait to see the great doing of God in your life! In today‟s Bible reading, though Abraham had reasons to be hopeless, yet he retained his hope in the five word of God. Your life will move God to action, just as He has did to Mary and Stephen, after 13 years of childlessness! Even though Abraham was old, he had experienced several years of childlessness, his wife had passed the stage of menopause, yet he knew that God‟s word was too certain. You have to start to hope in god‟s promise for your against all odds, then God‟s word will start to have His course in your life. Hope brings back the joy of your life. It gives permission for the host of heaven to start working in your life. Hope opens door for the operation of God in your life. Start to remember what God has said concerning your current situation! Put your hope in His word for a glorious transformation – And you‟re your testimony shall come! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY Lord, let your word bring a new light to my heart. Further Study: Romans 4:13-22, Romans 10:13-17 Scripture Reading: Leviticus chapters 8, 9 & 10 DAY 29. DON’T GIVE UP – JOHN ATTA MILLS: THIRD TIME LUCKY!! Today’s Bible Quotation: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” - 1st Cor. 9:24 (NIV) It was third time lucky for John Atta Mills as he became president of Ghana after two failed attempts. The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) might have been forgiven if its faith in him had wavered after he lost twice – against president John Kufuor in 2000- 2004. But the NDC was eventually vindicated after overwhelmingly nominating Professor Atta Mills again, as the party flag-bearer in the presidential elections at the end of 2008. He naminly lost the first round vote in December 2008 against the then – governing New Patriotic Party‟s (NPP) candidate Mana Akufo – Addo, who did not pass the 50% threshold needed for outright victory. In the run off election later that month, Professor Atta Mills came out ahead of his rival by a wafer – thin margin! But in a poll dogged by cries of fool play from both sides, it took a ballot re-run in the remote rural constituency of Tain, before the opposition candidate was finally declared winner of the keys to Golden Jubilee House – (Ghana seat of Government). Professor Atta Mills served as vice-president to Jerry Rawlings between 1997 and January 2001 and had previously created a stir by saying that if elected, he would consult with the former president. But in 2008 he distanced himself from Mr. Rawlings, even drawing criticism from his former boss for being too gentle with the NPP. In contrast to the advertising bill boards of his rival NPP candidate Mr. Atta Mills began his campaign with modest – sized signboards bearing the slogans “I believe in Ghana”. Ghana‟s president John Atta-Mills promised an inclusive style of government after a tightly – fought political battle for the leadership of this West – African nation – Psalm 75:6 KJV says “for promotion cometh neither from the east, our from the west, nor from the south” – God is taking it upon Himself to promote you, just as he has promoted President John Atta-Mills, after third attempt! But you have to focus on to God! He is not willing to share His glory with any man. In today‟s bible reading, you are urged to run your race (of life) so as to win the only prize (I Cor.. 9:24) by looking unto the right direction (God). The understanding of this truth will set you free. It will help you focus on pleasing God. You should never be discouraged! Whatever obstacle on your way, use that obstacles as stepping stones to your GLORY! No one can keep you from succeeding except yourself. You have the power and ability within you. Begin to release your faith for favour. Don‟t give up. It does not matter what the situation looks like. Do not give up! Once God decides to smile at you, no man can stop your promotion. The book of remembrance will soon be opened and it will be your turn to be celebrated! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY I command every blocked doors to my glorious future to be opened in Jesus name. Further Study: Psalm 75:1-end, Esther 6:1-end, Joshua 1:1-end Scripture Reading: Leviticus chapters 14, 15 & 16 DAY 30. SUCCESS IS YOURS IF DETERMINED & FOCUSED (1) Today’s Bible Quotation: “This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before. As a result, people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs” - 1st Thess. 4:1&12 (NLT) Unarguably, the dependent nature of human existence logically testifies to the fact that nobody has ever succeeded in life without helps, and encouragements from other people. But Chief Rasheed Abogun‟s case seems to invalidate that belief as he is practically a self-made man who has become like the Biblical mustard seed that grew to become a mighty tree that serves as a shelter to all manner of animals and birds. Recounting his life story, Chief Abogun said fate initially never smiled on him. As if he was narrating a failed dream, Chief Abogun said his parent has no financial muscle to sponsor his secondary education – They therefore, sent him to learn a trade – plumbing to be precise Chief Abogun recalled that he was an apprentice as a plumber for seven years after which his parents were unable to establish him due to lack of funds. He said “After my apprenticeship, I returned to my community. I did so because I had the conviction that one‟s community can be the best answer to making one achieve success in life when I returned to my community, I started farming on a small scale. I cut and sold firewood, set traps for animals in the bush. Gradually, I gathered some money with which I started a block molding industry. I first started with one bag of cement. That gave me the encouragement to expand the block molding industry. Later, I went into building contracts and sales of lands. Today, I can say I am a land merchant”. As a little boy growing up in the rustic village of Igbo-Efon, Chief Abogun had never allowed any obstacle to stop him from achieving a set goal or target. Having looked in history, he decided to work hard to avoid his children experiencing a somewhere excruciatingly outlandish experience that was his lot. Hear him: “The reasons for my determination to succeed in life is to make sure that my children did not experience the harrowing experience that I went through. That is why I want them to be well educated even if it means spending my last kobo on them. Through that, they would have freedom and be able to express themselves effectively when confronted with issues of life”. You should never allow any obstacle to stop you from achieving your set goal! Use all obstacles on the way to your glory as stepping stone. Be determined be focused and not weary, and success will be yours and always remember Napoleon Bonaparte: “The truest wisdom is a resolute determination”. Close with Jesse Owens: “In order to make our dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self discipline, and effort”. In accordance with today‟s bible quotation, by minding your own business, working with your hand, you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs, just as it happened to Chief Abogun! You have to be diligent! Proverb 12:24 (NLT) says “Work hard and become a leader be lazy and become a slave”, you must set your sights on the objects of your heart‟s desire and NEVER DEVIATE from the course which you set for attaining it. To achieve anything worthwhile in life you must firmly resolve with a determination that knows no defeat! PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O Lord, strengthen my faith to enable me receive from thee and lead me in the path I should go. Further study: I Cor. 2:2 (NKJV) Isaiah 40:31, I Timothy 6:11-14 Scripture Reading: Leviticus chapters 17,18 & 19 DAY 31. SUCCESS IS YOURS IF DETERMINED & FOCUSED (2) Today’s Bible Quotation: Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort where with we ourselves are comforted of God” - 2nd Cor. 1:4 Continuing from yesterday‟s success story of Chief Rasheed Abogun, who fought against a destiny that was initially unfavourable. Chief Abogun saw his inability to understand both the deep and surface structures of the English grammar as a challenge that must be confronted head on. So, how did he go about solving the problem? Hear him: “I decided to get a home teacher for myself because I wanted to be somehow well – grounded in the use of the English grammar. That added impetus to the zeal to ensure that my children are also imbued with the zeal to be equally focused and be well equipped for the future challenges of life. My belief is that education being power, when they are properly educated, they will succeed in life. Some of them are in the universities in the US and UK and I am happy that they are doing quite well. Chief Abogun rose like the Biblical David and faced challenged of life quite early in life. Determination and the unrepentant zeal to make life out of nothing were to make life out of nothing were the invisible instruments of warfare he used to wage war against a destiny that was not initially favourable! He held fact to his tenacity of purpose and never looked back nor allowed self defeat to creep in. And now he has made it real good! His confession: “Well, I unreservedly thank God Almighty that for more than 20 years of doing business, He has helped me to succeed. I started a block industry with one bag of cement. The block industry blossomed and it‟s still in operation. I then established a flourishing security outfit known as Atiku security company Limited. Then I went into large-scale farming. In my poultry, we produce over 500 crates of eggs a day and in six months, we produce an average of 9,000 crates of eggs. As successful as Chief Abogun is, he is not resting on his oars. He has a projections that in the next 15 years, “by God‟s grace, my group of companies would be quoted in the Nigeria stock exchange. I want my business to grow into a public liability company (PLC)” he said. It is Chief Abogun‟s belief that possession of material wealth is worthwhile only when the individual applies it to make the society better than he met it-when the individual positively touches the lives, hopes and aspirations of needys. Never look back and don‟t allow present situation of things to prevent you from moving forward. Be preserver! Roman 2:7 (NLT), says “God will give external life to those who persists in doing what is good, seeking after the glory and honour and immortality hat God offers”. Hear Dr. Orison Sweit Marden: “Great men have found no royal road to their triumph. It is always the old route, by way of industry and perseverance”, and Dr. David Oyedepo says”. There is no free way in the pursuit of any goal. You must expect roadblocks and get ready for challenges. If you must reach your goal, you must understand that such challenges exist and be prepared to confront them”. You must not give into discouragement and despair! Psalm 3:3 (NLT) read “By you, o Lord, are a shield around me, my glory and the one who lifts my head high”! God will lifts your head high, but you must be determined to keep going, no matter what comes your way! From today‟s bible quotation, God who comforts in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others, as done by Chief Abogun. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. PROPHETIC PRAYER FOR THE DAY O, Lord help me to fulfill all that is required of me to, attain success, so that my life will not be a waste, in Jesus name Amen. Scripture Reading: Leviticus chapters 20, 21, 22 & 23 GOD’S WORD THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE If I have faith (that is living) like a train of mustard feed, I can say to this mountain, move from here to yonder place, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to me – Matthew 17:20. I am just person. I shall live by my faith – Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV). Whatever is not of faith is sin – Romans 14:23. I live by faith, not by sight – 2nd Corinthians 5:7 (NIV). Without faith it is impossible to please God and those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him – Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV). Faith is being sure of what we hope for ascertain of what we do not see – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV). Faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (in operative, dead) – James 2:17. By your favour, O LORD, you have established me as a strong mountain – Psalm 30:7. I shall find favour, good understanding and high esteem in the sight (or judgement) of God and man – Proverbs 3:4. Yes, though I walk through the (deep, sunless valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for you are with me, your rod (to protect) and your staff (to guide), they comfort me – Psalm 23:4. God will cover me with his wings, I will be safe in his care, his faithfulness will protect and defend me. I need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day – Psalm 91:4- 5 (GNT). God has not given me a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline – 2nd Timothy 1:7 (NLT). Even if I suffer fro doing what is right, God will reward me for it. So I won’t be afraid or worry – 1st Peter 3:14 (NLT). I am grooving and becoming strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace (favour and spiritual blessing) of God is upon me – Luke 2:40. I (trust myself to and stand fast) in the grace (the unmerited favour and blessing) of God – Acts 13:43. When I call on God in the day of trouble, He will deliver me, and I will honour and glorify HIM – Psalm 50:15. I leave my trouble with the Lord, and He will defend me, He never lets honest people be defeated – Psalm 55:22 (GNT). You are my God; teach me to do your will. Be good to me, and guide me on a safe path. Rescue me, Lord, as you have promised, in your goodness save me from my troubles! – Psalm 143:10-11 (GNT). The Lord my God holds my right hand, He is the Lord who says to me, fear not, I will help you? – Isaiah 41:13. I will not be hot – tempered, stirring up dissension, but I will be patient, calming a quarrel – Proverbs 15:18 (NW). When I vow a vow, I do not put off paying it. I keep my promise – Ecclesiastes 5:4. I am blessed and I am a blessing to people. I dispense good to others – Genesis 12:2. If I give to the poor I will not want, but if I hide my eyes (from their want) I will have many a curse – Proverbs 28:27. I must not think only of myself but try to think of other fellow, too, and what is best for him – 1st Corinthians 10:24 (TLB). If I diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord my God and do what is right in His sight, and listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, God will put none of the diseases upon me which He brought upon the Egyptians, for He is the Lord who heals me – Exodus 15:26. God comforts, encourages and consoles me in every trouble. He enables me to console others who need comfort – 2nd Corinthians 1:4. When I am pressed on every side by troubles, I am not crushed and broken. When I am perplexed because I don’t know why things happen as they do, I don’t give up and quit – 2nd Corinthians 4:8 (TLB). In the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter, in the secret place of His tent, He will hide me, He will set me high upon a rock – Psalm 27:15. I am over come with joy because of God’s unfailing love, for He has seen my troubles, and He cares about the anguish of my soul – Psalm 31:7 (NLT). Because I listen to and obey God’s voice, He will be my God and I will be one of His people – Jeremiah 7:23. Because I listen diligently to the voice of the Lord my God, being watchful to do His commandments which He commands me this day, the Lord my God will set one high above all the nations of the earth – Deut. 28:1. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God – Roman 10:17 (NKJV). I am a person of my word. I swear to my own hurt and do not change – Psalm 15:4. If anyone forces me to go one mill, I will go with two (mites). I choose the more excellent way, even when no one is looking – Matthew 5:41. Through idleness of the hands the house leaks – Ecclesiastes 10:18. The sluggard does not flow when winter sets in; therefore he begs in harvest and has nothing – Proverbs 20:4. INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE AND ENERGIZE YOU “The starting point of all achievement is faith in self” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “Know thyself” – Socrates. “Many people do not understand the Bible because they have not met the author of the Bible”. - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Success in any facet of endeavour is deep-rooted in attitudes, not in aptitudes” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “How can we hope to arrive if we don‟t know where we are going” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “Like the gunner, you have to take aim if you hope to hit the target” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “The secret of success is constancy in purpose” – Benjamin Disraeli. “Just as good medicine revives the health of the sick, the word of God, carefully read, digested and prayerfully believed also gives life to our spirit man” - Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Faith is to believe in what we cannot see. The reward of faith is to receive what we believe in” – Saint Augustine. “Take the first step in faith. You don‟t have to see the whole star case, just take the first step” – Martin Luther King Jnr. “There are requests from us to God that the Lord in His infinite wisdom will not grant us because He knows that granting us such requests will expose us to danger and even put our lives at risk. He is all-knowing and will give us what is good at the appropriate time. That things you are asking the Lord for might lead to your death and that is the reason you have not received it. It is because the Lord loves you” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Things don‟t turn up in this world until somebody turns them up” – Garfield. “We are what we believe we are” – Benjamin N. Cardow. “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether, you are content with your failure” – Abraham Lincoln. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” – Martin Luther King Jnr. “If you look at your problems from the right perspective, you‟ll realize, they are not as big as you though” – Andrew Lara. “O let us cultivate the habit of thanking God in any situation we find ourselves. We are, at any point in time, better than many others who have no God” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “When I hear somebody sigh, life is hard”. I am always tempted to ask, compared to what” – Sydney J. Harris. “If we don‟t have time to do it right we must have time to do it over” – Anonymous. “The Bible, the word of God, is a spiritual tablet and tunic that energizes individual and proffers solution to all problems that can ever challenge humanity in his quest to live a satisfactory life within the space of time allowed by the author of life” – Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi: (Primate and Founder, Jerusalem Church of the Lord Int‟l). “As man thinketh is his heart, so is he” – King Solomon. “Self discipline is the „magic‟ that turns ordinary salesmen into selling giants” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “We find in life exactly what we put into it” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. “People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it” – Howard W. Newton. “Success means only what you do well, letting someone else do the rest” – Goldstein S. Truison. “It‟s not happiness that makes us grateful, gratefulness makes us happy” – Albert Clarke. “We will succeed only if we are able to close our eyes to other Satanic options and follows the Lord to the end. When the going get tough, we should realize that the Lord is with us. We should never consider other alternatives to following the Lord” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and look like work” – Thomas A. Edison. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” – Winston Churchill. “Without a struggle, there can be no progress” – Fredrick Douglas. “You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out if your life” – James G. Bilkey. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi. “The only people who have no obstacles are those in the creamery” – Norman Vincent Peale. “You will never find time for anything, if you want time, you must make it – Charles Buxton. “In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich” – Henry ward Beecher. “You can‟t have your cake and eat it too” – Anonymous. “When you‟re good to others, you are best to yourself” – Benjamin Franklin. “Big things are in store for the one who develops the habit of observing little things in life” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “You can never discover new oceans if you don‟t have the courage to loose sight of the share” – Unknown. “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for” – Maureen Dowd. “Prosperity is the fruit of labour. It begins with saving money – Abraham Lincoln. “It‟s not the load that breaks you down, it‟s the way you carry it”- Lena Horne. “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks – Sack Penn. “Do what you can, with what you have where you are” – Theodore Roosevelt. “I don‟t measure a people‟s success by how high they climb, but by how high they bounce when they hit bottom” – George S. Patton. “What many be done someday will be done no day – Scottish Proverb. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing” – Dale Carnegie. “It‟s when things get rough and you don‟t quit that success comes” – Author Unknown. “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit – Napoleon Hill. “It takes a lion heart to have a lion share” – Bishop David Oyedepo. “Realize it that each one of us has strengths and weaknesses in life. What you have, should be used to complement what others do have. That is the only way that the world will have meanings and we will be able to enjoy it to the fullness” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. GOD’S WORD THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE If I have faith (that is living) like a train of mustard feed, I can say to this mountain, move from here to yonder place, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to me – Matthew 17:20. I am just person. I shall live by my faith – Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV). Whatever is not of faith is sin – Romans 14:23. I live by faith, not by sight – 2nd Corinthians 5:7 (NIV). Without faith it is impossible to please God and those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him – Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV). Faith is being sure of what we hope for ascertain of what we do not see – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV). Faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (in operative, dead) – James 2:17. By your favour, O LORD, you have established me as a strong mountain – Psalm 30:7. I shall find favour, good understanding and high esteem in the sight (or judgement) of God and man – Proverbs 3:4. Yes, though I walk through the (deep, sunless valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for you are with me, your rod (to protect) and your staff (to guide), they comfort me – Psalm 23:4. God will cover me with his wings, I will be safe in his care, his faithfulness will protect and defend me. I need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day – Psalm 91:4- 5 (GNT). God has not given me a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline – 2nd Timothy 1:7 (NLT). Even if I suffer fro doing what is right, God will reward me for it. So I won’t be afraid or worry – 1st Peter 3:14 (NLT). I am grooving and becoming strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace (favour and spiritual blessing) of God is upon me – Luke 2:40. I (trust myself to and stand fast) in the grace (the unmerited favour and blessing) of God – Acts 13:43. When I call on God in the day of trouble, He will deliver me, and I will honour and glorify HIM – Psalm 50:15. I leave my trouble with the Lord, and He will defend me, He never lets honest people be defeated – Psalm 55:22 (GNT). You are my God; teach me to do your will. Be good to me, and guide me on a safe path. Rescue me, Lord, as you have promised, in your goodness save me from my troubles! – Psalm 143:10-11 (GNT). The Lord my God holds my right hand, He is the Lord who says to me, fear not, I will help you? – Isaiah 41:13. I will not be hot – tempered, stirring up dissension, but I will be patient, calming a quarrel – Proverbs 15:18 (NW). When I vow a vow, I do not put off paying it. I keep my promise – Ecclesiastes 5:4. I am blessed and I am a blessing to people. I dispense good to others – Genesis 12:2. If I give to the poor I will not want, but if I hide my eyes (from their want) I will have many a curse – Proverbs 28:27. I must not think only of myself but try to think of other fellow, too, and what is best for him – 1st Corinthians 10:24 (TLB). If I diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord my God and do what is right in His sight, and listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, God will put none of the diseases upon me which He brought upon the Egyptians, for He is the Lord who heals me – Exodus 15:26. God comforts, encourages and consoles me in every trouble. He enables me to console others who need comfort – 2nd Corinthians 1:4. When I am pressed on every side by troubles, I am not crushed and broken. When I am perplexed because I don’t know why things happen as they do, I don’t give up and quit – 2nd Corinthians 4:8 (TLB). In the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter, in the secret place of His tent, He will hide me, He will set me high upon a rock – Psalm 27:15. I am over come with joy because of God’s unfailing love, for He has seen my troubles, and He cares about the anguish of my soul – Psalm 31:7 (NLT). Because I listen to and obey God’s voice, He will be my God and I will be one of His people – Jeremiah 7:23. Because I listen diligently to the voice of the Lord my God, being watchful to do His commandments which He commands me this day, the Lord my God will set one high above all the nations of the earth – Deut. 28:1. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God – Roman 10:17 (NKJV). I am a person of my word. I swear to my own hurt and do not change – Psalm 15:4. If anyone forces me to go one mill, I will go with two (mites). I choose the more excellent way, even when no one is looking – Matthew 5:41. Through idleness of the hands the house leaks – Ecclesiastes 10:18. The sluggard does not flow when winter sets in; therefore he begs in harvest and has nothing – Proverbs 20:4. INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE AND ENERGIZE YOU “The starting point of all achievement is faith in self” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “Know thyself” – Socrates. “Many people do not understand the Bible because they have not met the author of the Bible”. - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Success in any facet of endeavour is deep-rooted in attitudes, not in aptitudes” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “How can we hope to arrive if we don‟t know where we are going” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “Like the gunner, you have to take aim if you hope to hit the target” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “The secret of success is constancy in purpose” – Benjamin Disraeli. “Just as good medicine revives the health of the sick, the word of God, carefully read, digested and prayerfully believed also gives life to our spirit man” - Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Faith is to believe in what we cannot see. The reward of faith is to receive what we believe in” – Saint Augustine. “Take the first step in faith. You don‟t have to see the whole star case, just take the first step” – Martin Luther King Jnr. “There are requests from us to God that the Lord in His infinite wisdom will not grant us because He knows that granting us such requests will expose us to danger and even put our lives at risk. He is all-knowing and will give us what is good at the appropriate time. That things you are asking the Lord for might lead to your death and that is the reason you have not received it. It is because the Lord loves you” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Things don‟t turn up in this world until somebody turns them up” – Garfield. “We are what we believe we are” – Benjamin N. Cardow. “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether, you are content with your failure” – Abraham Lincoln. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” – Martin Luther King Jnr. “If you look at your problems from the right perspective, you‟ll realize, they are not as big as you though” – Andrew Lara. “O let us cultivate the habit of thanking God in any situation we find ourselves. We are, at any point in time, better than many others who have no God” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “When I hear somebody sigh, life is hard”. I am always tempted to ask, compared to what” – Sydney J. Harris. “If we don‟t have time to do it right we must have time to do it over” – Anonymous. “The Bible, the word of God, is a spiritual tablet and tunic that energizes individual and proffers solution to all problems that can ever challenge humanity in his quest to live a satisfactory life within the space of time allowed by the author of life” – Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi: (Primate and Founder, Jerusalem Church of the Lord Int‟l). “As man thinketh is his heart, so is he” – King Solomon. “Self discipline is the „magic‟ that turns ordinary salesmen into selling giants” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “We find in life exactly what we put into it” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. “People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it” – Howard W. Newton. “Success means only what you do well, letting someone else do the rest” – Goldstein S. Truison. “It‟s not happiness that makes us grateful, gratefulness makes us happy” – Albert Clarke. “We will succeed only if we are able to close our eyes to other Satanic options and follows the Lord to the end. When the going get tough, we should realize that the Lord is with us. We should never consider other alternatives to following the Lord” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and look like work” – Thomas A. Edison. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” – Winston Churchill. “Without a struggle, there can be no progress” – Fredrick Douglas. “You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out if your life” – James G. Bilkey. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi. “The only people who have no obstacles are those in the creamery” – Norman Vincent Peale. “You will never find time for anything, if you want time, you must make it – Charles Buxton. “In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich” – Henry ward Beecher. “You can‟t have your cake and eat it too” – Anonymous. “When you‟re good to others, you are best to yourself” – Benjamin Franklin. “Big things are in store for the one who develops the habit of observing little things in life” – Sidney Newton Bremer. “You can never discover new oceans if you don‟t have the courage to loose sight of the share” – Unknown. “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for” – Maureen Dowd. “Prosperity is the fruit of labour. It begins with saving money – Abraham Lincoln. “It‟s not the load that breaks you down, it‟s the way you carry it”- Lena Horne. “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks – Sack Penn. “Do what you can, with what you have where you are” – Theodore Roosevelt. “I don‟t measure a people‟s success by how high they climb, but by how high they bounce when they hit bottom” – George S. Patton. “What many be done someday will be done no day – Scottish Proverb. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing” – Dale Carnegie. “It‟s when things get rough and you don‟t quit that success comes” – Author Unknown. “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit – Napoleon Hill. “It takes a lion heart to have a lion share” – Bishop David Oyedepo. “Realize it that each one of us has strengths and weaknesses in life. What you have, should be used to complement what others do have. That is the only way that the world will have meanings and we will be able to enjoy it to the fullness” - The Most Revd. Dr. (Mrs.) E. O. Babayemi. Knowing GOD that transformed “Son, come here, please,” Mom called from Pete‟s room. “What is it, Mom?” Pete asked as he skidded to a halt in front of her. “This.” Mom was holding Pete‟s Bible. “It‟s all covered with dust.” “Sorry, Mom,” said Pete. “I keep forgetting to dust that shelf by the bed.” “That‟s not what I meant,” explained Mom. “Pete, how long has it been since you‟ve read your Bible?” Pete shrugged carelessly. “I need a Bible or Sunday school, but then I use the one from the den downstairs. Anyhow, since we go to church on Sundays twice - I hear enough about God then to last me through the week.” Mom followed Pete to his room at bedtime, switched on the light, and then shut it right back off. “Mom!” exclaimed Pete as the room once again became dark. “I can‟t see!” “But the light was on for a minute,” said Mom, “And I‟m sure you can remember where things are. Can‟t you just make do with the light you got then?” “Mom…” grumbled Pete as he reached for the switch and turned the light back on. “Once it‟s off, it doesn‟t do anything for me. “But, Pete,” said Mom softly, “isn‟t at what you‟ve been trying to do with God? You told me that by going to church twice on Sundays, you learn enough about God to remember all week. But it doesn‟t work that way. Just like you need to leave the light on to see in your room, you need to make constant use of God‟s Word in order to grow as a Christian.” “By not reading my Bible, I turn off the light on myself, Huh?” asked Pete. “Well, can I leave my light on extra long tonight? I guess I need to turn on my other light, too.” How about you? Do you think that if you go to church you can get through the rest of the week without bothering with daily devotions? That isn’t true. Everyday you need to turn on the light of God’s Word for spiritual direction. This daily devotional will assist you. More from our website. www.alifetransformer.com. Titbits for how your life can be transformed life. Making plans for your future success is a valuable exercise. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail Stick to your dreams. Do everything you can to realize them. Accept the prospect of change. Don’t dwell on what you could have done differently. Take time out to think. Be focused. Look for ways to harness your talents. Believe in your abilities and be optimistic. Work, work, work: but always with a winning attitude. Keep moving. Doing nothing gets you nowhere. Don’t give up. Don’t let defeat flatten you. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Persistence pays off. Don’t let the fear of failure turn you back or make you wait too long to make a move. In hopeless situations, hope exists if we choose to find it. Polish your image. Make relationships stronger. Don’t be ashamed to say “I’m sorry. It was my fault”. Ask for help. Don’t let ego stand in your way. It is better to trust in God than to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8). Name..................................................................................... Title (e.g. Mr. Mrs)............... 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