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‘Lord I Need a Miracle’

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There are physical laws and spiritual laws. Both were put in place by God to govern the universe. There are also human laws, which God expect men to put in place and operate. All these laws can benefit us or can be a liability depending on how we relate to them, whether you are a Christian or not. Laws apply to all.

Jesus did not live by miracles but by faith. That’s why he did not raise from the dead every dead body he met. Neither did he walk on water every day, nor did Peter fish for money each time they want to pat tax. Paul was a professional tent maker during ministry period, until he was imprisoned,doing physical work for a living. Jesus’ mission was and is to ‘give life in abundance’ (John 10:10); that is, here on earth and also in heaven.

According to Deuteronomy 28, prosperity comes through obedience. This includes working hard, paying, believing, giving, honesty etc. Full obedience results in full blessing. You cannot be lazy or ‘miracle’ your way into sustainable prosperity or wealth. Neither can you buy a miracle.

In each of the areas of obedience there is a physical component to obey and a spiritual aspect to obey. That’s why unbelievers also have lots of wealth. They just obey the physical laws and get it. You cannot pray for money to rain on you. It might happen once, but it can surely not be a way of life.

You are not Elijah, nor the widow of Zarephath. You are you. And God deal with you as you. Find out how God want to deal with you.

Human laws have to be obeyed. For example, if you find people working in the street and you join them, at the end of the day you will have nothing. You are not employed there. You will not be paid because you did not follow the employment laws or processes. The same applies in agriculture. You prepare fields, sow and maintain before harvest. The seasons and laws of nature were put in place to benefit humanity. If you violate natural or physical laws you will surely ‘reap what you sow’ (Ephesians 6).

Because of man’s sinful nature, the majority choose the ‘lazy road’, expecting to reap without sowing, expecting to reap a lot out of a tiny seed, expecting to just pray for a harvest to appear. Men generally do not want to be responsible, but that was not God’s plan. Adam had a good job in the Garden of Eden, until the fall. After that man became lazy, irresponsible and always looking for a quick fix instead of being diligent and responsible, looking for a ‘God fix.’

When you give, give according to God’s instructions. Obey the physical laws and obey the spiritual laws. There are priorities that must be consider and not be violated, budgets to be made etc. You violate these laws at your own peril. For example, when a person is hungry it is a physical condition not a spiritual need. Physical laws say the solution is food, not prayer!

Now, about ‘living by faith,’ apply faith in everything you do. It can be your work, your giving, etc. Stop strife! Forgive and love your brother or sister. Do good to those who hate you. Show respect and notice those being ignored and mistreated. As you do this, you will start to find yourself ‘living your life in abundance.’

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Family and Relative Economics

Family and Relative Economics

This is a follow up article to Are You ‘Sharing Poverty.’ It has thoughts and insights that can transform your views on caring for your relatives and loved ones.

Very close family relationships can either build you financially or drive you broke, because our relationship bonds tend to cloud our judgement on financial decisions. It takes great wisdom, discernment and discipline to resist the temptation to over spend on those who are closer to our hearts. However if one has to be successful economically you have to apply wisdom and care.

Three Categories of Needs

There are three classes of general needs; 1) Basic needs, that is, food, shelter and security. 2) Luxury needs which one can do without, and 3) Empowerment needs, that is, ones at the end make the person more productive or self-reliant. Our expenses fall into these classes.

The way we treat the people under our care revolve around two ideologies. The first ones says, ‘I grew up in poor environment. We suffered a lot. My brothers and sisters (or children) must not suffer as well. So I will continue to help them no matter what, and they do not have to work hard because I did it for them. I will make sure they live the life that I wish I lived.’

On the other hand one might say ‘I grew up in poor environment. We suffered a lot. My brothers and sisters (or children) must be empowered and work hard so that they will not suffer as well. So I will empower them so that they become self-reliant. I have to work hard and live the life that I wish I lived.’

Relative Economics Humour

Here is some humour to make it easier to understand;

  • Economic Out Patient (EOP) is a term used in the Millionaire Next Door. It is a situation where by an adult person in the working age group is constantly financial supported by another person. The person or persons have no disability but require support for food, clothing entertainment and other consumables. In most cases the individuals do not work or have ‘low income.’
  • A star’ is a self-motivated resourceful individual who has the ability to multiply economic resources. For example if you send him/her to find a job, not only will he/she come with the job, he/she will also report that he is already in friendship with the manager and knows where he stay etc. These individual always make life better for themselves and others.
  • A ‘dead horse’ is a person who no matter how much motivation or resources you put, he/she will not produce much. They always find a reason why each attempt failed. In most cases they behave like clever character. Many of the reasons seem to be reasonable, and they normally blame the environment and not him/herself.
  • Deep hole’ is a situation created by a ‘dead horse’ after draining all the financial resources from others.
  • Sharing poverty’ (vs empowering) is a situation where economic productive individual consistently share their earnings with unproductive adult individuals (in working age group) on consumables to the point that the productive persons standard of living is compromised. Often the productive persons use resource meant to improve him/herself to meet the needs of the unproductive person. At the end both are worse off than before.

The idea is not to stop supporting a ‘dead horse’ but rather be aware of the status. Perhaps you may decide not to continue giving the dead horse premium ‘stock feed’ but instead give to ‘low grade’ so as to save resources. It is true that no matter how much economic resource that you put into certain persons, they may not achieve as you expect. The quicker you accept this fact, the earlier you will realise the need for a change of approach. In life our levels of gifting, intelligence and wisdom varies in different areas.

Family is Part of Your Calling

You can choose friends, jobs, teams etc, but not family. God appointed them for you. Hence your family is part of your calling. As you accept this, God will give you the grace to be a blessing to them. Seek peace with extended family. As you do it, do not lose you peace. Your personal peace is priceless.

For couples; put up economic and social systems to handle your family as well as extend family. And be mature enough to be consistent in your approach to different relatives. The systems should reflect your values, goals and environment, and be fair. Adjust the system with time. Accept your limitation. With time the systems will define your culture and identity. As a couple if everyone does as they want, or through force, economic success is surely not coming your way. At times compromise, maturity and enlightenment are needed to put up fair and effective systems in a family.

And When It’s Party Time

As far as friends and relatives are concerned, know that they have a right to have a big party without inviting you. Know that when they win lotto, they may not share a cent with you. Even if you share your heart and lungs with them, remember that each individual is independent. These days ‘blood is getting thinner than water.’

On this sobering thought, we end here today.

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Faith Can Be Seen Because Faith Is An Expression

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Guest post by Jonathan Buyala

Welcome back to yet another teaching on faith. In the teachings before this one, we said that faith without action is dead. In other words without a corresponding action, you cannot say that you have faith. If you say air transport is a good means of travel and then not use it, then you do not believe it really. You do not have faith in that means of transport. If you believe a chair is safe, you will sit on it—that is the corresponding action. If on the other hand you say the chair is safe but are afraid to sit in it, then you do not believe. Fear and doubt do not work where faith is operating. If you doubt the safety of the chair, or fear that you might actually fall, then you actually do not believe.

The example above is just one of many, but when we look into our lives, we can see where we doubted the things we thought to be true, or feared that ‘it might not work.’ When you see where you got it wrong, then you know where to start. In the bible there are many examples of expressed faith, like the woman with an issue of blood, the centurion who had a sick servant, the Samaritan woman and others.

Today we want to deal with the story of the man on a stretcher. His friends carried him to a meeting where the Lord Jesus was teaching. The place was full and they couldn’t get in through the crowd. So then they decided to go through the roof.

 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. (18)  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. (19)  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. (20)  And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. – Luke 5:17-20

Notice Jesus’ response. The bible says He saw their faith. Well, what did Jesus see—is faith physical that it can be seen? Jesus did not see some mysterious creature in the spirit realm, he saw their faith. He saw their actions as a result of their believing. So many people were in that room, and many of them has issues to deal with, but the disciple Luke does not document any of then getting healed, he documents this particular group. Notice the bible says Jesus saw ‘their’ faith, not just his faith. They all had faith that the man would be healed. They believed and they acted on their believing by bringing the man to Jesus. That is why faith is an expression. It has to be expressed in words or in action. You cannot say something and not have action in the same direction and then call that faith. If you believe, you will act like it is so. If you believe that the job is yours, then you will go for the interview dressed like it is yours, you will take to them like it is yours, you will present yourself like it is yours.

Take this principle and apply it in your life, then see the power of God work for you. Remember Jesus saw their faith and acted on it. Jesus is today waiting for you to act on your faith, and he will respond to it.

Grace, mercy and peace to you all. Amen.

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About Jonathan Buyala:

Jonathan Buyala is a former cricketer who traded in the game for the call of God on his life. He believes the word of God is the only way to transform a person, community or nation. He is the founder of Ministry Christ Dawn. You can find them at www.christdawn.org, or follow them on Facebook.

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This is Your 2015 Identity

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“I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.” [John 15:5 AMP]

This verse simply means that Christians have the same Spirit DNA as Jesus. As the branches, we have the same spiritual root and spiritual structure.  Now on the other hand Jesus is the son of God. Hence a DNA test of any Christian will link you and Jesus your father. At Ephesus they started to call the followers of Jesus Christians. The name Christian reinforced the fact that Christians are of Christ.

“I and the Father are One.” [John 10:30 AMP]

If Jesus is one with the Father, it means we are one with the father as well in the spirit. And if you go back in Genesis, at creation Adam was made in the image of God. There was part of God in him.

After the fall of man, the image of God in man was distorted. However through Jesus Christ it was restored to the followers of Christ.

As a Christian, what was/is in Jesus is also in you today. The spiritual life of God is flowing in you. Your spiritual make up or composition is the same as of Jesus. The kingdom of God is not about academics, democracy or politics; it is about power/faith, righteousness/right standing in the Holy Spirit. So it is spiritual.

As you stand praying to day, stand on this word and promise. Know that the one who is in you is greater that your situation. You have the life of God.

This year, do not allow the enemy to convince you otherwise. You are much stronger than what you think. You are greater than your situations.

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How to Make 2015 Resolutions That Actually Work

How to Make 2015 Resolutions That Actually Work

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Linda woke up this week in the morning and stares at the mirror. “Oh my God. Am I really that fat?” she said to her husband. “Jack, I swear this new year I’m gonna lose weight! I can feel that 2015 is my year.”

And then she went on to update her Facebook status, bought a copy of a How to Lose Weight Without Effort, and goes to the gym three times in January 2015. The end of the story!

The same conversation is repeated again end of December 2015. And by the way, poor Jack is fade up with this annual weight lose conversation. As a good husband he has no choice but to support.

Does your new year resolutions end up just like Linda’s?

Each New Year we sent each other best wishes for the year. Many people hope that the New Year will be better than the previous. This year, 2014, in January you also made some New Year resolutions. Things you want to stop doing and things you want to start doing. Some of you even take time to reflect and pray for the New Year. There is nothing wrong with all this. This is a great attitude.

But I always wonder if all this effort produces the desired results. I wonder if each New Year turns to be a better year. Think about it seriously. Year after year many people do this. Many people religiously make resolutions to do this and that. If these things were really working then each year was going to turn out to be better for each one of them. Isn’t it? Why is it we always come back, I mean 90% of the people, to the same point; ‘a bad year.’ It’s rare to see at the end of the year someone saying ‘What a good year!’

You see, every year is exactly the same, 365 days made of minutes. If you want to change the year, change what you do. It does not matter whether you have 122 resolutions or if you gold plate them to the wall right at the front door. What you do ‘each minute of the year’ makes the difference. Especially the things you can make decisions on. So, do not look up somewhere for a good year, make one! Make 2015 a great year by taking the advice below on ‘How to Make 2015 Resolutions That Actually Work.’

Ladies and gentlemen, make 2015 the best year of your life. You need to make life happen, not life happen to you. But first you need to know and believe beyond doubt that you are in charge of your life. The power of life and death, failure and success, to live the lifestyle you want, to have inner fulfilment, to live your dream and conquer, is from within and is within reach. Do not allow other peoples systems to run your life – economic systems, social systems, political systems or financial systems. Do not be a victim. Take over your life and turn these systems to work for you, instead of against you.

Life Does Not Just Happen.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.-  Abraham Lincoln.

In order to carry out you calling successfully in 2015, you need to manage your life. Life does not just happen. You have to plan your life, organise your life, lead yourself and have monitoring and control measures.

Remember your resolutions consider balancing. A good balance includes career/business, family, health, spiritual, finance, networks/friends, fun /holiday, physical, mental, mental/intellectual, training/development, social, and mentors/advisors.

The two common characters of ‘super-achievers’; 1) relentless commitment to constant learning and 2) have detailed clear goals, with a plan of action on how to achieve them. No matter how much passion you have, if you do not have a clear plan of action you will end up going in circles. After ten years you will find yourself right where you started, just like Linda.

How to Make 2015 Resolutions That Actually Work

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Here are some critical steps and points on How to Make 2015 Resolutions That Actually Work:

  1. Have a purpose or vision or aim. Make it quantifiable. Do not just aim to ‘lose weight’ like Linda but aim to ‘lose 10kg by December 2015.’ Specific!
  2. Assess your current position. Know where you are and the state of your situation.
  3. Develop and list the steps or goals that must be taken to reach the vision.
  4. Setting goals is not about writing a “wish list” in January and stick it on the fridge or wall, and for the rest of the year wait for your life to change. Your plan must be crystal clear. Draw a map of exactly how you are going to get there. Put management and control systems necessary to operationalize your plan, to keep you on track, to measure and monitor performance.
  5. Identify your resource. What resources; finance, networks, friends, skills, mentors or time does it require? Allocate these to each goal. Most times you have to spend a lot of effort and time developing a skill that will then take you to your final purpose. Go ahead and do it. This is a life purpose, it won’t happen in a day.
  6. Do a cost-benefit analysis. As you put up the plan constantly do a cost benefit analysis. Of course choose a route that gives you maximum benefit with minimum effort. But it’s rare to find such a route. Some benefit or efforts are short term others are long term. Identify the risks, things to watch out for and obstacles along the way. Identifying them is not good enough, put in a plan to deal with them. This is called risk management.
  7. In the same way list the benefits, rewards and advantages that you will harvest along the way. These are important to motivate you in days when things are not good.
  8. Finally, fit in the ‘motivational pressure.’ Something that will make you not turn back on you goal. If you want to lose weight? Sign up for a marathon like the comrades in 7 months in an exciting foreign country, and book the non-refundable flights and accommodation now. Of if you want to really go on holiday, set the date and pay a non-refundable deposit.

Don’t jump on Facebook to announce your new year resolution. It gives you a short term ego buzz now (“Look at me! I’m so awesome!”) but does nothing to change your behaviour. If you want to engage friends, be real. Do not make it a show.

Most of all wishful words alone will get you there. Nearly everyone fails their new year’s resolutions. Just saying words doesn’t make a thing happen.

Ensure that your support systems are in plan; the right associates, the right advisers and the right mentors. Your environment matters! In short, create the right environment that supports the achievement of your new year resolutions!

‘For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it?’ Luke 14:28

I wish you the most awesome and prosperous new year ever!

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Six Types of Awful People You Do Not Want To Hang Out With

Six Types of Awful People You Do Not Want To Hang Out With

Guest post by Anonymous

No matter where you stay, you are bound to bump into negative people. People who can tarnish your image, discredit your credibility, neutralise your authority, and suck life out of you. These are the people you should try to avoid, or learn how to handle.

In the previous post we discussed the ‘Six Types Of Great People You Must Hang Out With’ as the Dreamer, the Mentors, the Insiders, the Social Media Masters and the IT Guru. Now let’s look at the six types of people you should constantly be on the lookout for, so as to avoid them if possible. At times one has to find ways to live with them.

Here are the six types of people I watch out for, and you should as well:

  • The Unscrupulous Character – This is a bad influencer who has pipe dreams. These people always seem to have an ‘idea,’ a ‘shortcut’ or a ‘get rich quick’ strategy. It may be appealing to my long-term plan, but a closer look into their personal life will show the truth. They always try to turn me onto unorthodox and dirty tactics. The solution is always stick to your guns and don’t give these people a chance to infect your mind, strategy, or your sense of pride and honour. Some of these bad influencers are just ignorant.
  • The Epic Complainer – I do not like a complainer. Traveling in packs, epic complainers are thrilled to share their negative, pessimism and anything to kill a positive mood. They appear on social media sites arguing and sharing their negative beliefs like it’s their role in life to play the dubious devil’s advocate or seeking out rare exceptions to prove you wrong. The toxicity of epic complainers will turn any bright dream into a nightmare. I don’t try to argue with epic complainers – I cannot win. I always walk away from such people before they infest me with their depressing ideas. How do you deal with epic complainers?
  • The Spammer – I really believe that you deserve respect and a good reputation. The spammer always end up annoying your audience and dilating my voice. They sent junk mail and try to spread it to my connections. They spread my contact details all over without either my consent or respecting my privacy. They spread so called warnings, rude jokes and profane jokes. Such people I disconnect or at most times firstly express my opinion about their messages. Some of these people send me messages which they want to force me to spread so that I can get a ‘blessing.’ At times the messages threaten that if I do not forward the message to ‘7 people’ I will be cursed. I always find this insulting. How about you?
  • The Persistent Vendor – You have seen businesses and websites that always seem to want nothing else but your money. The persistent vendor is a greedy person who encourages this behaviour, salivates at pyramid schemes and will overprice average products while failing to deliver quality content. This type of networker has a burning desire to use your money to advance his or her financial interests and does not believe in offering anything for free. Their ‘greatest’ advice is ‘instead of doing this for free, you can make a lot of money by selling this.’ They do nothing for free! If they give you something for free, they will force you to pay on the next. These people are onto my pocket. They always want to sell me something. That is their first impression. This at times put me off because I want to connect with you, not your products. Do you have persistent vendors around you?
  • The Dirty Minded Addict – This group believe that the world revolves around sexual fantasy and relationships, and they are attracted to and search for groups with profanity. All their comments are on looks, relationships and sex. By their comments you wonder what other business they are excellent at. They join groups and connect fast to other dirty minded addicts in the name of fun. However this type of behaviour suck their energy and creativity, drawing them into mediocre lifestyle or bottom feeders. With this kind of lust, one cannot live a very productive life. Once in a while they send me funny jokes or story, which I always replying by first by warning them that I do not appreciate such messages. And if they continue sending them unfriending or blocking will be the next step. That is why before I accept a friend request I check if the person is real and is not a dirty minded addict.
  • The Religious Freak – This group of individuals are so much disconnected from reality such that they live in their own world. They answer every question about their personal life with a Bible verse. Some have excluded themselves from churches or any leadership based on a verse. Others force you to like their Facebook status and if you don’t they threaten you using Jesus. They have already fixed the date when the world will end, they know the name of the antichrist. Beware of these people because they will do more harm to you than good, by making you doubt your personal faith.

The best way is to steer clear of the above characters. They will only push negative expectations and they give feedback that will stifle your successes.

Surround yourself with the right crowd who will lift you higher! Your connections are the environment that you live in. They shape your life and they shape your future. Remember it is better to have empty basket than to have a basket full of rotten tomatoes.

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Six Types Of Great People You Must Hang Out With

Six Types Of Great People You Must Hang Out WithGuest post by Anonymous

‘Who you surround yourself with is much more important than how many are in your network.’

There are many levels of personal, social and professional connections that can lift you higher or take you down. Some of the people can motivate you, give you good sound advice, and can be resourceful enough to provide that boost to help you right to the top.

Inside my connections you will meet many types of people. It is very important to know who may be a good or bad influence on your goals and productivity so that you can handle them accordingly.

Here are the top six types of great people I like hanging out with, and I recommend them to you:

  • The Dreamer – These are people who are passionate about my dreams. There positive energy makes me enjoy my work and make my dreams come true. They are idealist who will listen to my ideas, we share insights, and work. We help each other achieve our dreams. They do not criticism or give negative judgment in my brainstorming phase, giving me the vital relief while I put the plan together with possible alternatives.
  • The Mentor – I try to surround myself with as many confident, successful people as possible, no matter their field of expertise. I enjoy meeting and talking with these people and to bounce ideas off each other. Their stories inspire me and give me hope. They share their wisdom and experience and give direction. I am so grateful to these guys.
  • The Insider – Inside solid advice from the experts who seem to have a good handle on industry trends make a big difference. An insider usually gives me many predictions and advice where I should focus my energy. They keep me informed on what I should be using and what is becoming a weak strategy in my niche.
  • The Social Media Master – I have few of them. They have a strong grip on popular social media sites, proper etiquette, and they can give the right amount of promotion. They empower me on how to take advantage of social media, promote and defend my online brand and projects, and they help check my online content. I take their advice seriously and swiftly.
  • The IT Guru – Yes, I have one or two IT gurus. These guys are masters in IT and have done a good job in keeping ahead of the pack in terms of technology. They keep me on top of the changing technology, new innovations, updates, hot products, software, apps, and devices that are trending. Befriend an IT Guru can make your social networking so much easier.
  • The Protégé – These are people hungry for wisdom and opportunities to improve themselves. They are good learners who constantly ask questions to further their cause and reach their dreams. I pay special attention to them because they are the future.

Be careful about your close connections. Surrounding yourself with the right people is crucial to your personal growth and development. To be honest you truly need good friends to assist you in this journey of life.

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Doctor Myles Munroe: An Inspirational Giant Who Gave his Best

Doctor Myles Munroe: An Inspirational Giant Who Gave his BestOne of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped. – Dr Myles Munroe

Apart from reading his books, listening to his tapes and watching his videos, I attended Dr Myles Munroe’s session on 20 October 2008. It was changing event. His message was not just inspirational or motivational, it was authentic and simple.

In this article we will unpack Doctor Myles Munroe, ‘the man who taught about the Kingdom of God.’ He is also known as a great leader, pastor, inspirational or motivational speaker etc

Doctor Myles Munroe, along with his wife died on Sunday 9 November 2014 in a plane crash in Grand Bahama Ship Yard, Bahamas. He was aged 60 years at the time of death.  The Lear 36 jet left the Lynden Pindling International Airport at 4:07 p.m. According to the Department of Civil Aviation, the aircraft crashed as it was making its landing. His plane flew low and was mangled in a crane as it was approaching the Grand Bahama Airport. He, his wife and seven others died in the crash.  Munroe and the other passengers were en route to Freeport, Grand Bahama for a conference he has organised.

Born as Myles Egbert Munroe on 20 April 1954 in Nassau, Bahamas, he was the founder and president of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI) and Myles Munroe International (MMI), a non-profit Christian growth and resource centre that includes leadership training institutes, a missions agency, a publishing company, a television network, radio and Web communications, and a church community. These individuals are motivated to excel by their conscious responsibility to make the most of their inherent leadership potential. Dr Munroe was CEO and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association and president of the International Leadership Training Institute. During his life he authored 69 books and was an inspirational motivational speaker. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Myles Munroe had been a lifetime resident of the Bahamas. He holds degrees in fine arts, education and theology from Oral Roberts University (1978), a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa (1980), and he has been awarded a number of honorary doctoral degrees. He also served as an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. His wife, Ruth Munroe was co-pastor with him at BFMI. He had a son Chairo (Myles Jr.) and daughter Charisa and referred his family is his greatest responsibility and his marriage his most sacred trust.

Dr. Munroe was a pastor, teacher, administrator, author, a father, a husband, motivational speaker, an internationally renowned teacher, a leadership mentor, a bestselling author, a life coach and a government consultant. He travelled extensively throughout the world as a speaker addressing government leaders, business leaders, schools/universities and church congregations. He personally addressed over 500,000 people each year on personal and professional development, and he received hundreds of invitations every year to speak worldwide.

Dr Munroe placed an emphasis on the Kingdom of God and believed that the whole Bible, along with the message of Jesus, revolves around the kingdom and not a religion. He said, “My vision, is wrapped up in one statement: I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest himself or herself.”

As the president of MMI, Dr Munroe said his personal commitment, dedication and passion was to help as many people as he could discover and fulfil their God-given purpose for life. He vowed to give all of his time, gifts, energy and talent to serve the success of others. Munroe said, ‘They deserve the best and I intend to give them my best.’

In 1988 Munroe was recognized as the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honors of the Order of The British Empire Award. This honor was bestowed by Her Majesty, England’s Queen Elizabeth, for his social and spiritual contributions to the country’s national development. For providing 25 years of outstanding service, he also received the Silver Jubilee Award from the government of the Bahamas.

At the time of his death Dr Munroe was headed to the Global Leadership Forum. This conference, hosted by Munroe, was scheduled for November 10th through 13th 2014. Dr Munroe’s legacy will not be forgotten but will continue to impact and inspire generations of great leaders worldwide.

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The Unstoppable Power of A Positive Mind

The Unstoppable Power of A Positive MindGuest post by Jones Asiaw

Thinking positive is the key to unlock success. Think positive and have a positive mind. That is the mind-set you need in order to unlock your victory.

A positive thinking person is always inspired. That inspiration is what you need in your hard times. This is going to give you the strength to lift yourself out of your problems. The same inspiration is what inspires ordinary men to become winners in life. Also, the same inspiration is what motivates ordinary men to lift themselves up from their lowly position to occupy the high positions in life. Perhaps you can see that a positive mind is the missing key you are looking for.

There is a race set for people in the circles of life. Even though people in the circles of life have trained very well for the race, what is left for most is the mind-set that leads to achieving victory. At times, winners are even seen before the race starts. With all the training, you also need the mind to unlock confidence and motivation for the race. Your mind is what is going to give you extra energy for the race, in order to be declared a winner at the end of the race.

Thinking positive is a therapy. All because it helps prolongs the life of man. When problems arise and you start to think negative, it kills your spirit and it seems there is no hope for you. It is tears and worries that you share all the time. This causes you sleepless nights, which is never good for your health. It shortens the life of man when it continues like that for a long time. People die when they are not supposed to die because they lack the message, “think positive.”

Our God is a God of positivity and He wants us to also think positive. The reason is that, when you don’t follow the path of the one leading you, you easily get lost on the way. Faith without work is dead; what if you have faith but the mind thinks negative, how can you unlock your blessings? That should tell you that, faith moves with thinking positive. You are really going to see the real hand of God in your life if only you are going to think positive that God is capable of handling your situation. God does not stop blessing the positive mind because their mind moves with the mind of God. That will tell you that in the circles of life, no man can be successful unless you start thinking positively.

About the Author: Jones Asiaw

Jones Asiaw, a Ghanaian graduate from the Takoradi Polytechnic (Ghana), is an artist and a project manager. He enjoys writing and love to inspire people all the time with inspirational messages. After his polytechnic education did his national service at the Ministry of Defence (Ghana), he studied as artist and later project management. You can contact him on email at Jessyjones185@yahoo.co.uk or phone +233 541 388 671. He is also on Facebook, Twitter as @jonesasiaw, Google+ and Netlog.

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