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Hearing From God – Beware of “Prophet Zedekiah”

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  1. “Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage.

Some years later he went down to see Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle for him and the people with him and urged him to attack Ramoth Gilead. Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?”

Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

“Go,” they answered, “for God will give it into the king’s hand.”

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?”

The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”

“The king should not say such a thing,” Jehoshaphat replied.

So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, “Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once.”

Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.

10 Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns, and he declared, “This is what the Lord says: ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.’”

11 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious,” they said, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”

12 The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”

13 But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says.”

14 When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

“Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for they will be given into your hand.”

15 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?”

16 Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the Lord said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”

17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?”

18 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing on his right and on his left.

19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’

“One suggested this, and another that. 20 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’

“‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.

21 “‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.

“‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’

22 “So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.”

23 Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked.

24 Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.”

25 The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son,

26 and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’”

27 Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the Lord has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!” 2 Chron.18:1-27 (GNB)

You have the right as a child of God to hear from God and to say so. There are many people who might think they have the prerogatives over other believers to hear God. God has the right to speak to any person he wishes to; denying God this right and denying other believers this privilege is out of place and a negation which has grievous consequences

“Prophet Zedekiah” will have none of that and can go all length to insist on his superiority. Beware of “prophet Zedekiahs” of this age.

This article is also published in http://www.gracefulvoice.com

Ref. http://www.biblegateway.com

Prove a Point

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Prove a point

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September 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

The Cost of Running Small Businesses Online

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This is a simple diagram known as a Business O...

This is a simple diagram known as a Business Object Model. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Online business has come to stay and will only get better. It is not a hidden enterprise anymore; many governments are catching up with this “gold mine”. Many big companies are realising that the online business model can no longer be ignored or despised. Many of them actually have eBay stores.

It is however unfortunate that many people who are starting up their business with online business model are still having negative complexes. I have read extensive articles that put smear on online businesses; according to the writers the process is slow and profits are far in between. There are family members and friends who keep wondering why you have chosen to do business especially online instead of getting a job and working for someone else. Well, if you are acquainted with business ventures, you must have been aware that no business is a walk-over when you are starting out. It is only in a dream that success takes place before work; and it is only bogus business-promoters that tell you that you don’t have to do anything but sit in an easy-chair on a beach, with your car packed on top of the sea waves – if you believe that then, frustration will soon become your sleeping partner.

Online business may cost less in setting up but it is actually all involving in managing, promotion and sustenance. It takes time and money to promote your online website and if you use other people’s platform, you pay listing fee and a sales-percentage after your item is sold; and it can sum to something substantial. All these are still relatively small when compared with offline stores; besides your reach is wider and your audience unlimited.  The cost of running online business model comes in bits, so it is less burdensome. You can equally shop around to use cost effective ways of doing your business.

Using the outsourcing services can be of big help.  There are a lot to do in setting up online business; these include building websites and hosting it, advertisement, e-commerce, record-keeping among others. Initially you may not bother with most of the things you need to do but you must note that if you really want to keep your business and grow it, you will need to think and work on the essential things. You may find the book “How much is your business worth?” helpful. You can also find Elance, an outsourcing site useful. Elance is safe and you are in charge of who to hire to do your job. You don’t have to retain the experts; they are there when you need them.

When promoting your business you need to be very careful about who does it for you. I had experiences with companies that promised so much but delivered very little. Most of the people who speak for them are sales persons who knew little about what they are selling. It is important to make notes of your discussions with them so that you can refer to it if there is any need to. Most of the time, you may be required to agree to a 6 months contract; be careful about this.

Pay per click is a good way to promote your business however, make sure you have great products that can bring return on investment (ROI), if you don’t, you will lose money for nothing – most of them are faster than you think. Many people who click are not interested in buying anything; they belong to “get paid to click” groups and get a percentage of the cut. In other words they are induced to click for reward. Google Adwords is notable pay-per-click venture. Their exposure and integrity are much better and you are not tied to any rubbish that you can’t get away from. You must take time to understand how it works else, your campaign can be stopped and your site banned.

You need patience and doggedness to succeed in business whether offline or online. Be confident of yourself and be proud of what you are doing. Work hard and you will reap a good profit sooner or later.

 This article is also published in http://www.funfreelancewriting.com

It’s A New Day – Step Up!

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For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

On the trees, figs appear when summer is nearThe fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Songs 2:11-13. (KJV)

The season is telling the story of changing times – The Winter is going – The Spring is almost here. IT IS A NEW DAY!

The end of the quote says “Come away”.

Your season of affliction, uncertainty, confinement, limitation, depression, sickness, worries, fear, stress, dryness and what have you, is ending. It is a new day!

The quote says “Arise”. Make up your mind to arise.

Believe in God; believe his word; believe in “yourself”; arise. You may need to change what you think and the confession of your mouth. Don’t wait for stock market forecast to change, don’t wait until the News change from it negative stance, don’t wait for politicians to stop fighting each other, stop waiting for approval from men; step out in faith. Tell yourself “I can make it” and mean it.

You owe yourself a duty to try to change whatever challenges you’re faced with. A least convince yourself that you tried. The only regret there is for those who refused to try.

You have a purpose on earth. You might need to try something new – what we are fashioned out for is rarely outside of us. Most times people fail because they have not looked inward; most people are desirous to be someone else; to be what other people desire. I dare you to arise and trust God. “Take your new beginning and put a smile on God’s face.”

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March 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

How you can get to your next level !

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Levels

Levels (Photo credit: laurinkofler)

We all can advance to the next level. Whatever you have achieved in life, there is always a next level; it could be doing the exercises that you have put off, it could be reading that book you have left halfway, it could be reading your email messages or cutting down the time spent on Facebook instead of studying for your exams. It could be doing what you preach or avoiding the pitfall you are prone to and many more other things.

“How you can get to your next level !” is not about competing with anybody; it is about doing what you know is the right thing to do but which you, for one reason or the other, have failed to do. These things are capable of making a lot of difference in your health, relationships, family, job, business,  community and the world at large. You need to exert upon yourself, task yourself, and take the pain to take action on the things you know.

It is applying the principles you know that produce results and bring rewards. Don’t live out your life without daring to act on the things you know. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure has paralysed a lot of people; the false idea about perfection has limited many people from doing the things they ought to do.

“A little more effort can make a lot of difference in your quest for success.” Don’t give up, don’t quit trying no matter the challenges you are facing. Success is around the corner.

Quote: – Students’ Calendar, Students’ Union; Federal School of Surveying Oyo. 1989/90  

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March 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

Say Bye To Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence and bullying are twin-evils that must be rejected in our society. Domestic violence exists in various forms and can affect any member of the family but particularly women and children.

Domestic violence is dehumanising and injurious. It affects the physical body, the mind and emotions of the sufferer. It is an abuse of the total person. It induces fear and forces undeserved obedience over other people. It is a torment and unfortunately many women are suffering it in silence.

As the Nottingham Posts say in its publication of 14th February 2012 “TIME TO STOP THE VIOLENCE”,  I  join the call by the Nottingham Post that men “say no” to domestic violence against women. Every effort should be made to curb this evil in the society.

People should find civilized ways of settling difference rather than bully and violence. Intimidating and hitting vulnerable people should be resisted. Humiliating women simply because they are women is horrible and unacceptable.

One way to deal with domestic violence against women is to make it a serious offense punishable by law. Women suffering domestic violence must speak out. People should not condone this evil.

Women suffering this abuse must seek help from the appropriate authorities. You can contact Citizenship Bureau for advice on what to do.

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February 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

The Power of Persistence

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What does winning mean to you? What is success to you?

These are relative terms and can be defined in numerous ways.

I read in a book many years ago that “The secret of success is not in never falling but is rising up each time you fall.”

Winning is like a triumph over opponents , problems and the enemies – whatever that means to you.

You may be passing through challenges in your family, education, business, a relationship, a work place or in any other area of life. You might have heard stories of people who failed to make it and are anxious about the future.

One instrument of success that you need at a time like that is persistence. Persistence is persevering, tenacity, doggedness or importunity. You must not give up. Give it another go! Keep up faith and trust God for help.

You may say “God again!” “I know you will say that; I have prayed all the prayers I know of and the situation has not changed”

Prayer giants like Daniel did not give up or get angry with God when he was faced with the threat of being thrown into the den of lions. His miracle came in the den of lions. Don’t forget there are enemies on the other side and their operation is to “win”. You will not be their victim. God will come through for you.

You must persevere to win. You must never quit. You may have diet programme that you feel is not working, you might have failed your driving test; you may be struggling with your therapy sessions or lamenting that you have failed with the New Year resolution. Don’t quit! Go on with it and keep working on it until you succeed.

I am not writing to define winning or success. The Dictionary will do that well. I am here to hold your hands up and encourage you to get going until you win.

Hebrew 10:22 -23, says “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” NKJV

Jesus said “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” KJV.

Persistence helps you to overcome nagging problems. It helps you to build up a solid business, career, ministry, family; you just name it! Don’t lose faith or let you hope disappear. Stop all negative talking and stay away from “miserable comforters”

Your celebration is on its way.

Shalom