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What is to Forgive?

Forgiveness

Forgive is to pardon, excuse, absolve or exonerate.

# To stop being angry about something. To stop being angry about or resenting somebody or somebody’s behaviour.

# To pardon. To excuse somebody for a mistake, misunderstanding, wrongdoing, or inappropriate behaviour.

# To cancel obligation, an obligation such as a debt.

  • To forgive is a choice.
  • To forgive is to let go.
  • To forgive is to seek peace.
  • To forgive is to free your soul.
  • To forgive is to love your enemy.
  • To forgive is to mourn with your enemy.
  • To forgive is to show strength because it’s daring.
  • To forgive is to bless your enemy instead of cursing.
  • To forgive is to choose freedom instead of bondage.
  • To forgive is to move from the devils side to God’s side.
  • To forgive is to still be happy when your enemy succeed.
  • To forgive is to choose not to participate in strife with your enemy.
  • To forgive does not mean you lose but you choose to win in long terms.
  • To forgive does not mean you are wrong but that you choose to be right.
  • To forgive is to turn over the situation to God instead of you controlling it.
  • To forgive is to put yourself on God’s side, regardless of the side you enemy stands.
  • To forgive does not mean you are weak but that you want to increase your strength.
  • To forgive is not just letting your enemy go but actually freeing yourself from your enemy.

I dare you to forgive!

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World War III Live

cyber-attacks

World War III is going on right now! Yes, this time it is a cyberwar.

Now, before I give practical advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from these attacks, visit this site IPviking.com.

This is not a site for the faint hearted because on it you will see live cyber-attacks in real time. You can watch cyber-attacks zip around the world from attackers to targets. The top sources of attacks are China, USA and Russia.

Cyber security company Norse operates IPviking.com. The website shows just how important you online security is and make it clear that one should be vigilant whilst online.

Who are these people attacking and why are they attacking? Money is one of the reasons. Yes, they want to get into your pocket or you bank account. On their way to your pocket they will drown you spam, suck life out of you with immoral content and vex you with scams. By that time your reputation will be gone out the window and could cause serious damages to you professional image.

Marketing Junk Emails

These are request to subscribe, unsolicited mail, advertising material and promotional material. Firstly try to not to subscribe what you do not fully understand and also take note that some subscription conditions includes giving consent to send your contact details to third parties who you do not know. Unsubscribe unwanted subscriptions and if possible report spam emails.

Scam Emails 

  • Mostly Nigeria, for example, someone died and there is unclaimed inheritance left. You are asked to help transfer the money or they say you have been identified as a beneficiary. You are requested to send a small amount of money to unlock these riches. Why did this rich person choose you to give money? Why are you the lucky one? My advice here is simple, do not respond. Instead report as junk mail.
  • At times they inform you that your bank or Paypal account has been blocked and they put a link to unblock your account. In this way they steal your login details to your bank account. Never access you online account via a link on an email. The best way of checking whether your account is blocked is to visit the bank or call you bank using the official numbers.
  • At times they can propose to you an investment opportunity with unbelievable returns. Do not be a fool who give money to a person he has never seen or to invest in something he has never seen. If you see such an opportunity, do not be desperate. Seek advice.
  • At time they send you a job or study offer oversea. They ask you to pay for administration fees as they wait for you to arrive. At time they ask you to bring certain amount of cash to start working or studying. In this case they rob you upon arrival.

Relationship Requests and Elicit Offers

They target men for obvious reasons. In this category you may receive email from a lady who admires you and want to know you more and she ask you to contact her. At times there is a link to a site with information that will help you please your lady or to a site that has ‘unbelievable’ fun. Do not be a fool who fall for a picture online.

Social Media 

  • Relationship requests. On Facebook spam is often received in form of relationship request and friendship requests from a strange lady. If you check you will find that the person joined Facebook less than one month. What are the chances of someone with a funny name like Mary Jennifer to join Facebook and within a month wants to become your friend? On the profile picture she is half dressed. The best way is to block and report the profile.
  • Unauthorised posting on your behalf by apps. Watch out the apps and game you authorise to access you details. Most of them request permission to post on your behalf. Be aware of links with unbelievable headlines. If you click they will automatically post to your friends.
  • Friending a spammer. Unfriend spammers or persons who post content with profanity in your groups. Report the videos or picture to the administrator or to Facebook. By not reporting this it makes you associated with the content in the group or page.

Career Limiting Behaviour 

Many people have career limiting social media behaviour. In today’s world potential employers check you social media presence before accepting you. Here are a few things to consider;

  • Do not allow apps to post on social media for you. You will not have control on what they post.
  • Whatever goes online lives a trail that cannot be entirely erased. You cannot delete completely. Somewhere it is stored. Someone will find it one day.
  • Watch your online comments or likes. You will be judged by your words.
  • Watch your friends. You will be judged by the company you keep.

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How Do You Know That You Are An Introvert? – Part 2

How Do You Know That You Are An Introvert? - Part 2

(Continued from ‘How Do You Know That You Are An Introvert? – Part 1’)

“I want to be alone… with someone else who wants to be alone.” – Dimitri Zaik.

Introverts are easily misunderstood, hence they become more vulnerable than their extrovert counterparts. As children people do not understand why you are quiet and less outgoing ‘unlike your brother/sister.’ You are made to compete with your siblings on an ‘unfair ground.’ With time you got hurt by words and comments. This has made you to be even more discreet. Eventually they just leave you out, ‘who has time to wait for someone to speak.’

You have to move from your position of frustration. Stop trying to be someone you are not. Accept yourself because you are different.  Instead discover what is within you that you are good at.

If you are still wondering, here is how you can still know that you are an introvert;

You need a good reason to Interact

Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an introvert, just start talking.

You wish everyone can be real ‘for once’

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

You have few intimate friends

On the contrary, introverts intensively value the few authentic friends they have. They can count their friends on one hand. And there may not be even a group, maybe just two or three, and you love sharing all the secrets with them. Maybe you won’t speak much in front of the others, but boy you are a non-stop blubberer in front of them.

You are a loyal friend

Introverts tend to be very loyal and honest people. Their energy comes from themselves, and not from others, hence it’s easy to be honest and up front with your friends.

You don’t like to go out in public for long

Introverts just don’t like to in public for long. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experience very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They are ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, it’s the recharging afterwards that is absolutely crucial for introverts.

You think a lot

You are always active on the thinking part. Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. You are a good thinker. You think a lot. All the information you receive is processed and packaged properly. You daydream. You crave an authentic and sincere connection with one person at a time. You have a constantly running inner monologue. “Extroverts don’t have the same internal talking as we do,” says Olsen Laney. “Most introverts need to think first and talk later.”

You don’t follow the crowd

Introverts don’t follow crowd. You would prefer to be valued for your novel ways of living. You think for yourselves and because of that, you often challenge the norm. You don’t make most of your decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

You plan ahead

You think about what you are going to say or do, many times before going forward. It’s a given, you can’t accept yourself talking without thinking, though it is more of a quality of intelligent people rather than introverts. But most of the introverts, like to analyse what they are going to say and on what grounds. While extroverts may like to fly by the seat of their pants, that’s not usually what introverts are like. You probably plan things out so that everything runs smoothly and with no issues. This can be anything from a holiday trip to running errands, but having a plan is the key.

You are a writer.

Introverts are often better at communicating in writing than in person, and many are drawn to the solitary, creative profession of writing. Most introverts like “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, say that they feel most creatively charged when they have time to be alone with their thoughts. Many introverts are writers of some kind. They often pursue careers in writing, or prefer to spend their free time writing for fun. Writing is a way for you to really connect to yourself, so it’s a way to recharge.

Most of the times you like to keep your opinions and emotions to yourself.

Being an introvert, you are low on your capacity of social interaction. There is no energy for mandatory social interaction in you. You derive your energy from resources within, without the help of anybody’s company. You keep all your opinions to yourselves, your hard thought, derived conclusions aren’t put forward to other people because most of the people aren’t ready to hear your thoughts and that will create a debate. They will not accept your views, and explaining everything to them will drain all of your energy. Thus you keep them to yourselves unless asked for it, the same with your opinions, thoughts and emotions about things or people.

You are the last to raise your hand when someone asks for something from a group.

As you might remember from your elementary school days, there were some fellow students whose hands shot straight up into the air when the teacher asked a question or needed someone to volunteer. Extroverts tend to be ready and eager to stand out in any academic or social interaction. You are probably more of an introvert than an extrovert if you are content to sit back and let others take center stage. It’s not that introverts know less than others; they just don’t feel a particular need to be in that limelight.

You often wear headphones when you are in a public situation.

Whether it’s making your way through a crowded bus or just navigating a crowded street, if you are an introvert you most likely don’t seek a great deal of contact with others. In decades past, if you wanted to avoid interacting with strangers, you would keep your head down and look straight in front of you. Now you have the added protection of being able to hide behind the protection of your headphones.

Your best thinking occurs when you are by yourself.

You are not opposed to group meetings or discussions, but if you want to come up with a creative solution, you need some time to work the problem out on your own. Having the opportunity to reflect quietly on a problem allows you to make the maximum use of your ability to engage in original thought, and to produce meaningful results.

You listen more than you talk.

Perhaps this is the most intriguing feature of an introvert.

You know what you like

Introverts often know exactly what they want, when they want and how they it. You have thought and processed it, you know. It’s a definite advantage to the trait. While you are certainly not afraid to try new things, you are never holding anyone up with your indecision. You made up your mind about many thing long time ago.

You don’t like interviews

Job interviews aren’t exactly an introvert’s favourite thing. However, introverts can be great at them. Going in, you might be nervous, but once you get to know your interviewer a little better, you are able to really hit it off.

You don’t trust easily

For introverts, it can be difficult finding friends who respect your introverted nature. So when you do start becoming chummy with someone, you might take a little longer than an extrovert when it comes to trusting that person. Often, this means you won’t get hurt as often as an extrovert, and your friends are people you can really count on.

Famous introverts

Here is a list of some of the world’s famous introverts; Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Guy Kawasaki, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and many more. Few Bible introverted characters include Moses, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Gideon, Mary and Timothy. So you cannot blame it on your introversion. There are many advantages of being an introvert.

Have a great day!

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How Do You Know That You Are An Introvert? – Part 1

How Do You Know That You Are An Introvert? - Part 1

“You see things. You keep quiet about them and you understand.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

People are different. They are different in all sorts of different ways, with different personalities and styles. Some are thinkers, other are feelers, some are task orientated others are people persons. The better you know yourself and how you function, the easier it is to know and to maximise your God given potential and fulfil your calling. Most of these characteristics are not chosen. For today, the question is ‘How do you know that you are an introvert?’

What are introverts? They are people who tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people. Introversion is “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”.

It is common to mistake introversion for shyness. Shyness (also called diffidence) is the feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, or awkwardness especially when a person is in proximity to other people. Here is how you can tell that you are an introvert;

You find small talk incredibly cumbersome

Introverts are extremely small talk-phobic, as they find idle chatter to be a source of anxiety, or at least an annoyance. For many quiet types, chitchat can feel insincere. Laurie Helgoe writes (in Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength), “We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.” Small talk least interests you, and you tend not to talk with a person who is not capable of carrying forward a conversation.

You go to parties, but not to meet people

If you are an introvert, you may sometimes enjoy going to parties, but chances are you are not going because you are excited to meet new people, no! At a party, most introverts would rather spend time with a small group of people they already know and feel comfortable around. If you happen to meet a new person that you connect with, that would be great but meeting people is rarely the goal.

You find crowds stressful and you often feel alone in a crowd

Ever feel like an outsider in the middle of an active social gatherings and group activities, even with people you know? If you tend to find yourself feeling alone in a crowd, you might be an introvert. Crowds are definitely not an introvert’s favourite place to be. Concerts, rallies, conferences and sports arenas can all be very uncomfortable places for an introvert.

Networking makes you feel like a phony

Networking (that is, small-talk with the end goal of advancing one’s career) can feel particularly unauthentic for introverts, who crave authenticity in their interactions. It is advisable for introverts to network in small, intimate groups rather than at large mixers.

You secretly realize that most of what most people speak most of the time is rubbish

Needless to say, you dislike small talk with a passion. You wonder why people are not real and honest when they talk. You notice that many people fake their expressions.

You are easily distracted

Introverts get easily distracted and overwhelmed in environments with an excess of stimulation.  “Extroverts are commonly found to be more easily bored than introverts on monotonous tasks, probably because they require and thrive on high levels of stimulation,” Clark University researchers wrote in a paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “In contrast, introverts are more easily distracted than extroverts and, hence, prefer relatively unstimulating environments.”

You like doing nothing sometimes

Downtime doesn’t feel unproductive to you.  One of the most fundamental characteristics of introverts is that they need time alone to recharge their batteries. Whereas an extrovert might get bored or antsy spending a day at home alone with tea and a stack of magazines, this sort of down time feels necessary and satisfying to an introvert.  They see the value in a quiet night in every once in a while. Just doing nothing is a way for you to relax and re-energize.

You enjoy having time to yourself

You love your freedom like crazy. When you have the chance to take a break, you would rather spend time reading, playing video games or just listening to music. That quiet time is important to your sense of well-being even though there are plenty of times that you enjoy social get-togethers. You don’t like going out much, but when you do, you tend to get out of the group as soon as the interesting conversation part you over. You also love solitary activities like reading, going on a walk etc, and you don’t feel like you are missing something while doing this stuff.  You also have no problem in eating your food alone or being by yourself when almost everyone around is with a companion. When you find no one at your home, you feel like a king!

You are great at speeches, but not great afterwards

‘Giving a talk in front of 500 people is less stressful than having to mingle with those people afterwards.’ Introverts can be excellent leaders and public speakers and they don’t necessarily shy away from the spotlight. Surprisingly performers like Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Emma Watson all identify as introverts and an estimated 40 percent of CEOs have introverted personalities. Instead, an introvert might struggle more with meeting and greeting large groups of people on an individual basis. Just because you are an introvert, it doesn’t mean that you are not outgoing and confident. It just means that you might be better at public speaking than the schmoozing that comes afterwards. You can give a great wedding toast, but mingling during the reception isn’t your style.

You start to shut down after you have been active for too long.

Do you start to get tired and unresponsive after you have been out and about for too long? It’s likely because you are trying to conserve energy. Everything introverts do in the outside world causes them to expend energy, after which they will need to go back and replenish their stores in a quiet environment. Short of a quiet place to go, many introverts will resort to zoning out.

You are in a relationship with an extrovert.

It’s true that opposites attract, and introverts frequently gravitate towards outgoing extroverts who encourage them to have fun and not take themselves too seriously. Introverts are sometimes drawn to extroverts because they like being able to ride their ‘fun bubble’ once in a while. Many introverts are friends with extroverts because this provides balance for both types of people. Sometimes, introverts need to be led out of their shells a bit, and extroverts need to recognize the benefits of a quiet night in.

You would rather be an expert at one thing than try to do everything.

The dominant brain pathways introverts use is one that allows you to focus and think about things for a while, so they are geared toward intense study and developing expertise, according to Olsen Laney.

You screen all your calls, even from friends.

You may not pick up your phone even from people you like, but you will call them back as soon as you are mentally prepared and have gathered the energy for the conversation. “To me, a ringing phone is like having somebody jump out of a closet and go ‘BOO!,'” says Dembling. “I do like having a long, nice phone call with a friend, as long as it’s not jumping out of the sky at me.”

You notice details that others don’t.

The advantage of being overwhelmed by too much stimuli is that introverts often have a keen eye for detail, noticing things that may escape others around them. Research has found that introverts exhibit increased brain activity when processing visual information, as compared to extroverts.

You don’t feel “high” from your surroundings

Neurochemically speaking, things like huge parties just aren’t your thing. Introverts do not connect the feeling of reward to their surroundings. Throwing a huge party for an introvert is not the ‘huge’ gift for them. “Introverts have a fundamental difference in how strongly they process rewards from their environment, with the brains of introverts weighing internal cues more strongly than external motivational and reward cues,” explained LiveScience’s Tia Ghose.

You always look at the big picture.

When describing the way that introverts think, Jung explained that they are more interested in ideas and the big picture rather than facts and details. Of course, many introverts excel in detail-oriented tasks but they often have a mind for more abstract concepts as well. Introverts do really enjoy abstract discussion.

You have been told to “come out of your shell.”

Many introverted children come to believe that there’s something wrong with them if they are naturally less outspoken and assertive than their peers. Introverted adults often say that as children, they were told to come out of their shells or participate more in class.

You think before you speak.

This means you often regret why you said something to someone in such and such tone. Being asked, “Why are you so quiet?” is no big deal!

You don’t talk without reason

Introverts don’t talk unless they have something meaningful to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Your room is your country.

The longing for the home is ever there. After school or college or work or event, you are the first one to head to the home sweet home!  You just don’t have the need to hang out with your friends especially in crowded places. A laptop and a pyjama are all you need for a day’s happiness.

Have a great day!

(Continued in ‘How Do You Know That You Are An Introvert? – Part 2’)

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Give Your Life the Best Ever

Give Your Life the Best Ever

If you are going to dream, you might as well dream BIG! There is no limit to what you can dream. Dreams of catching two mice per week are too small. Do not have a dream so small that everyone in the street can afford it. Make priceless dreams! Dream beyond your abilities. Dream the impossible becoming possible. By the way, dreaming does not cost you anything.

If you are going to live, better live BIG! Live large, live in abundance, live life to the fullest, because there is no limit to life. It is you who can only limit your life. Do not live a one roomed life, a tiny worthless life, a life that is a ‘disgrace’ to creation, a life which one cannot tell whether it is ending or beginning, or a ‘time pusher’ type of life. But live a life for two people. No, live a life for twenty people. A well lived life. At your funeral let them admire how you have lived, because you lived for a purpose, that you lived for a cause ‘bigger than yourself.’ Let them ask, ‘how the heck did he do that?

If you are going to love, better love HUGE! Give it all! Love with every ounce and inch you have. Love more than you have been loved. Let your life over flow with love. Owe love, especially to those undeserving and ‘unlovable. Put your enemies on top of your ‘to love list.’ Make your love unique and amazement, a love that will stand out, a love that will be remembered for a long time. Live a life of love! At the end let them ask, ‘how does he love like that?

If you are going to believe God, than believe Him BIG time! Believe Him with every ounce if faith that you have. Make it the most unbelievable faith they have ever seen. Be the man or woman of faith, thinking and walking in faith. You cannot afford to have a five cent faith, a faith so weak that the devil just blows it out in his sleep. Believe the impossible. See the unseen. Do the undone. Make castles out of the ashes. Change the way the game is played. Bring new outstanding perceptions to the possibilities. Be ‘Mr/s Fearless.’ Let them wonder, ‘how does he believe like that?

You only have one life to live. You only have one chance to your time. Giving it your second best is mockery. If you want the best than give the best!

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer by John Eldredge

By John Eldredge

My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored in you, renewed in you, to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honour you as my Sovereign, and I surrender every aspect and dimension of my life totally and completely to you. I give to you my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I cover myself with your blood—my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I ask your Holy Spirit to restore me in you, renew me in you, and lead this time of prayer. In all that I now pray, I stand in absolute agreement with your Spirit and with my intercessors and allies, by your Spirit and by your Spirit alone.

Dearest God, holy and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise, all my trust, and all the glory of my life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other gods, every idol, and I give to you the place in my heart and in my life that you truly deserve. This is all about you, God, and not about me; you are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. I ask your forgiveness for my every sin. I renounce my sins. I ask you to search me and know me and reveal to me where you are working in my life and grant to me the grace of your healing, deliverance, your holiness, and a deep and true repentance.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing me before you made the world. You are my true Father—my creator, redeemer, sustainer, and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you, I trust you, I worship you. I give myself over to you, Father, to be one with you in everything as Jesus is one with you. Thank you for proving your love by sending Jesus; I receive him and all his life and all his work which you ordained for me. Thank you for including me in Christ, for forgiving me my sins, for granting me his righteousness, for making me complete in him. Thank you for making me alive with Christ, raising me with him, seating me with him at your right hand, establishing me in his authority, and anointing me with your love, your Spirit, and your kingdom. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I bring the life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, throughout my kingdom and domain.

Jesus, thank you for coming to ransom me with your own life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you to be one with you in all things—spirit, soul, and body, heart, mind, and will. I sincerely receive all the work and triumph in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice, through which my every sin is atoned for, I am ransomed and delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to your kingdom, my sin nature is removed, my heart is circumcised unto God, and every claim being made against me is disarmed this day. I now take my place in your cross and death, dying with you to sin, to my flesh, to this world, to the evil one and his kingdom. I take up the cross and crucify my flesh with all its pride, arrogance, unbelief, and idolatry [and anything else you are currently struggling with]. I put off the old man. Apply to me all the work in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

I bring the blood and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare and household. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my Life, and I receive all the work and triumph in your resurrection, through which you have conquered sin, death, judgment, and the evil one. Death has no power over you, nor does any foul thing. And I have been raised with you to a new life, to live your life—dead to sin and alive to God. I take my place now in your resurrection and in your life, and I give my life to you to live your life. I am saved by your life. I reign in life through your life. I receive your hope, love, faith, joy, your goodness, trueness, wisdom, power, and strength. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your resurrection; I receive it with thanks and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

I bring the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare, and household. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in Jesus’ name.

Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my authority, rule, and dominion, my everlasting victory against Satan and his kingdom, and my ability to bring your Kingdom at all times and in every way. I receive all the work and triumph in your ascension, through which Satan has been judged and cast down, and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you. All authority in the heavens and on this earth has been given to you, Jesus, and you are worthy to receive all glory and honour, power and dominion, now and forever. I take my place now in your authority and in your throne, through which I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and established in your authority. I give myself to you, to reign with you always. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your authority and your throne; I receive it with thanks, and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit—every ruler, power, authority, and spiritual force of wickedness, their every weapon, claim, and device. [At this point, I specifically name all foul and unclean spirits that I know have been attacking me, such as fear, doubt, accident, injury, death, the religious spirit, pride, arrogance, etc.] I send all foul and unclean spirits bound to the throne of Christ, together with every back-up and replacement, every weapon, claim, and device—by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name. I command the judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the heads of those that refuse to obey, and I send them to judgment, by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every foul power and black art—every hex, vex, and incantation, every spell, weave, web, veil, shroud, charm, and snare; against every ritual, sacrifice, and device; against every vow, dedication, and sacrifice, every word, judgment, and curse—written, spoken, unspoken, or transferred to me. I command them disarmed and broken by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every witch, cult, and coven, every channel of black arts to me. I cut them off in the name of the Lord; I send the glory of God to them to turn them in Jesus’ name.

I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ between me and every human being—their spirit, soul, body, their sin, warfare, and their household. I bring the full work of Christ between me and [now I name people I’ve counselled or prayed for, family members, folks in crisis looking to me, etc.]. I command their human spirits bound back to their bodies and their warfare bound to the throne of Christ in their life. I bring the full work of Christ between me and my household and all people, in the authority of Jesus Christ and in his name.

Holy Spirit, thank you for coming. I love you, I worship you, I trust you. I honour you as Lord. I receive all the work and triumph in Pentecost, through which you have come, you have clothed me with power from on high, sealed me in Christ, become my union with the Father and the Son, the Spirit of truth in me, the life of God in me, my counsellor, comforter, strength, and guide. I honour you as Lord, and I fully give to you every aspect and dimension of my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will—to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all things. Fill me afresh, Holy Spirit. Restore my union with the Father and the Son. Lead me into all truth, anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and lead me deeper into Jesus today. I receive you with thanks, and I give you total claim to my life.

Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. I claim the riches in Christ Jesus over my life today, over my home, my family, my work, over all of my kingdom and domain. I bring the blood of Christ once more over my spirit, soul, and body, over my heart, mind, and will. I put on the full armour of God: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, helmet of salvation; I take up the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit, and I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of your might, to pray at all times in the Spirit.

Jesus, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the name of Jesus Christ and instruct them to destroy all that is raised against me, to establish your Kingdom over me, to rebuild the shields and hedges of protection around me and my household, and to minister to me your ministry. I ask you to send forth your Spirit to raise up prayer and intercession for me. I now call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout my home, my household, my kingdom, and domain in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving all glory and honour and thanks to him. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prayer by John Eldredge

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20 Resources for Creating Multiple Sources of Income

Resources for Creating Multiple Sources of Income

We all want to drastically increase our income and eventually become wealth. Here is an awesome list of resources that will assist you in creating multiple streams of income. It doesn’t matter what your personal financial situation looks like, you are sure to find something in this list that will help you create an extra stream of income or at least improve your income.  These resources are full of extremely useful ideas that can turn around your approach to increasing your income.

We spend one third of our total daily time at work in order to sustain and improve our livelihoods.  These ideas will surely make your life easier. For example by implementing some of the ideas, you can make passive income 24/7, even whilst you are literally in bed sleeping! Here is the list;

  1. Forbes 10 Top Smart Passive Income Tips From Expert Pat Flynn. – Flynn shared his top tips for getting started generating your own passive incom
  2. Great Passive Income Ideas – has over 40 ways for you to earn more money! This list of great passive income ideas is for you to try for yourself.
  3. Passive Income South Africa – Kashan Maharaj give practical ideas to start simple businesses and create multiple streams of income in South Africa.
  4. Use Guru.com to find freelance work of all kinds – The site has freelance job opportunities that can generate more income for you.
  5. Best Passive Income Streams & Opportunities – A big fat epic list of all the possible passive income streams.
  6. How not to get super-rich- the passive income scam – Techniques of the super-rich. Copy them.
  7. Huffington Post’s Top Ways to Create Passive Income – If you want to earn additional monthly income and start saving check out the top eight ways to create passive income listed.
  8. My Top Favorite Passive Income Methods –Top 5 passive income avenues.
  9. Geographic Location- How it Affects Your Wealth – Your potential to make extra income depends on your location. Here is how.
  10. Freelance Writing – Learn about and find freelance writing jobs.
  11. Multiple Income Streams: 10 Ways to Earn Extra Income – Generating multiple streams of income can have a major impact on your finances. Rob Berger gives few ideas to do just that.
  12. Earning Multiple Streams of Income – How to create additional sources of income in your home business.
  13. Millionaire Mommy Next Door – Story of a successful woman who operates her businesses from her home.
  14. Entrepreneur’s Steps to Create Multiple Streams of Income – Diversifying your income stream is crucial to protect yourself and your family against the unavoidable ups and downs of economic and industry cycles. Hal Elrod gives his ideas.
  15. Multiple Income Streams: How They Can Work For You – Simple steps to create multiple streams of income.
  16. Ways to Make Extra Money Using Social Media – Instead of wasting time on social media, start using it to make money.
  17. How I make Money Blogging – Discover the ways a top blogger makes money with his site. You can learn a few ideas.
  18. How to “Hack” Your Networking and Grow Your Income Using a Email Newsletter – Starting an email newsletter is an amazing way to grow your network, your business and your income, while actually minimizing the amount of time and effort you have to put into your business.
  19. Passive Income Ideas and Ways to Make Extra Money – Do you want to earn $100, $1000 — or even more — on the side? You can start earning extra income today with the help of this list of ideas.
  20. Top Five Sites For Frugal Living Newbies! – Consider reducing your expenditure and have extra money monthly. Here are the five sites with ideas that can help you do that.

Make a list of ideas that you can implement easily. Select your top three that line up with you situation and gifting and try them to see the outcome. You will be amazed.

Beware of get rich quick schemes. Sustainable wealth takes time and hard work to achieve.

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Forget the Past And Move On

Forget the Past And Move On.

How should we move forward when we carry a heavy burden caused by our a bad past? Our past has a tendency to cloud our current judgement and affect our performance. The past can hold us hostage or even easily misdirect us.

At times it’s the people in our lives who affected us negatively. We got disappointed because our expectations were not met. Perhaps they actually gave some positive contribution to our lives; we are here today because of them.

Maybe it was just natural situations that affected us negatively. There was no other way. At times the situation actually helped us to be better. Nevertheless we are here today because of the impact of the past, whether good or bad. 

You are here because of the past, but you can become who you want in the future based on what you do now!

Possibly we made unwise choices that brought terrible results and we hurt ourselves and our loved ones in the process. And also it’s possible our good choices made us better. You are here today because of you choices, whether good or bad.

What is required from you is that you use what you have now to go forward. Check and list the resources you have, the gifts and opportunities around you. Use them to go forward. You cannot use what you do not have!

“Don’t tell me what you cannot do, but tell me what you can do.”

Forget the past but look forward. Leave shattered dreams alone. Create a new dream. You are here because of the past, but you can become who you want in the future based on what you do now!

“Don’t tell me what you cannot do, but tell me what you can do.” Don’t tell me what you do not have, but tell me what you have, because your future is based on what you can do with what you have.

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 explains it clearly. Everyone has something! Perhaps you can start by using your smile instead of being grumpy and miserable. Sow the small seed that you have instead of hiding it.

There is an annually national pageant to find Mr Ugly. The current Mr Ugly is a very fascinating man. Instead of complaining about his looks and how potential employer could not even allow him into interview rooms because of his looks, he saw that people are willing to pay him just because of his looks. Now he is building his career on it. What a remarkable man.

Do you look worse than Mr Ugly? I don’t think so.

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Movies that Inspired My Life

Movies that Inspired Me

Movies tell stories. In the old days story telling was one of the primary ways of inspiring and teaching people. Today it’s still the same. Here are a few movies that inspired me the most.

The Matrix

Neo [Keanu Reeves] started as an ordinary computer programmer and hacker but ended being the ‘One,’ a man prophesized to end the war between humans and machines.

From Neo I learnt that if you do not know the true value of something, then you will be short changed on every transaction. If you do not know who you are, actually if you do not believe in who you are, you will live in mediocre life. You will live in prison instead of the throne where you belong. You can do the impossible. Stretch yourself and be surprises by what you can do. The series continues in the next two movies The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.

Gladiator

Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) valued and prayed for his wife and son first daily, something to be noted. He remained dedicated to the truth and keeps having a good heart despite his betrayal. Although he was a slave (gladiator), the emperor feared him. Your gift will open doors no matter where you are put. You can rule from the prison.

Fireproof

I learned the ability to love regardless, to sacrifice for my wife even if she is against me or does not appreciate it. I realised that God rewards every act of kindness. In marriage, it’s not just about your spouse. It’s more about God. It’s a ‘contract’ of three people; God, my wife and I. Putting God into the picture gives a different perspective.

300

In the movie ‘300’, Spartan King Leonidas leads 300 Spartan soldiers to face the Persian “god-King” Xerxes who had an army of more than one million soldiers. Although they lost the battle, the courage of the 300 Spartan soldiers changed the history of the Greeks. They inspired the Greeks to win the war; but the following year.

If the enemy you are facing is bigger than you and you know that your opponent will not have mercy on you there is only one way to go; forward! Choose to lose in an honourable way. Make history in your loss. Make profit from your loss. Do not lose in vain. In such situations do not be short-sighted, see the future. Have the bigger picture in mind that your loss can change history.

The Bucket List

Make a bucket list of things you must do before you die. Live the life you want to live. Achieve the things you want. Do it one at a time. Do not keep procrastinating. There will never be a perfect time to live your dream. So, live it now!

Lord of the Rings

Just like Frodo Baggins, everyone, including you, is chosen. Everyone carries a burden to fulfil his or her calling. No one can carry your burden or vision, because it is yours. God put it in you for a purpose. The journey is long and is not easy. There will be temptations, betrayal etc. along the way, but remember that your calling is your responsibility. Hang around people who propel you towards your destiny, and on the other hand cut of negativity.

Which movie inspired you most?

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Declaration of Affirmation

Positive Affirmation

Below are words of affirmation by Robert Botha. Use them as you pray for yourself and your loved ones, declaring the word of God.

Christ the Word of God; ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…..’ The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. For He formed my inward parts; He knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Praise Him, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Him, when He made me in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. His eyes saw my unformed substance; in His book is written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me. I did not choose Him but He chose me and appointed me that I should go and bear fruit and that my fruit should abide, so that whatever I ask the Father in His name, he may give it to me. For I am his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that I should walk in them…

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. … Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word I am put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for me. For He has have turned my mourning into dancing; He has loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness. For the LORD my God is living in me. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in me with gladness. With his love, he will calm all my fears. He will rejoice over me with joyful songs. Even the hairs of my head are all numbered. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for He is with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies; He anoints my head with oil; my cup overflows. I fear not, for He is with me; I am not dismayed, for He is my God; He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand.

For I did not receive a spirit that makes me a slave again to fear, but I received the Spirit of sonship. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

He blots out my transgressions for His own sake, and He will not remember my sins. His hands fashioned and made me…He clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. He granted me life and steadfast love, and His care has preserved my spirit. For I am holy to the Lord my God, and the Lord has chosen me out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. Amen.

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