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“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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Sometimes, you need to disconnect with yourself in order to reconnect with yourself. I know that sounds funny right? But just think about it….

Life can get so busy in the overwhelming hustle and bustle; so much to do… go there… do this…  do that. We can get so caught up in the notion of ‘in order to get this, I must do that,’ that we can tire ourselves silly, sometimes leading to a minor breakdown… which is not so conducive to our everyday way of life.

Have you ever wondered that ‘ there is only one of me, so in actual fact, I must do the best I can do, to take care of myself; then I can also be a blessing to others.’ If your health fails or you can no longer mentally take up the day to day tasks given to you, how is that of any help to anyone or yourself?….. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK.

A break allows you to mentally recharge, and it gives you a whole new perspective on life. You begin to appreciate the smaller and lesser things,.. (another way of saying it is you begin to count your blessings one by one) that you could not see before because you were always on the go.

A break also helps you to reconnect with people, believe it or not! (Gasp!… I know) It helps you to reconnect with people physically, mentally and spiritually. Your relationships with your family and friends become more inspiring and encouraging, to both you and them. You will also notice that your conversations become more vibrant, refreshing and uplifting …  It’s a win-win people.

I can’t emphasise enough the importance of mental health. It’s something our society fails to take seriously because of the ‘business’ of life, but it’s probably one of the most important things we need to consider regularly and put into action. In the long run, you will see the benefits of it.

So go on guys…..GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!!

Stay blessed

Sophia

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Is Competition healthy?

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In the world of sports, it’s very acceptable that you will need to compete to win the winning prize. You will do whatever it takes to beat all opponents and even when you win the crown, it is the same.

For so long, the world has taken to the idea that competition is healthy. You may have heard in some circles that competition brings out the best in everyone. Now, within the body of Christ, this is not what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to build one another and love one another.

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others

Galatians 5:19-20 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions.

So we can see from the above scriptures that if we do things from a place of rivalry or conceit, we are doing it from the wrong mindset. When we do things from a place of rivalry it can cause us to become envious of other people.

Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

James 3:14-15 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.

Ecclesiastes 4:4-6 “Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbours. But this, too, is meaningless–like chasing the wind. “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.” And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”

When you compete with people, from that it can birth hatred, jealousy, rivalry and envy. It will even cause you to detest them. I’ve been in situations where I’ve had to really pull myself back and really ask whether or not it was something I was called to do or was it out of envy. What I took is that it’s very possible to be envious of someone when there is no love or unity.

There have been times when people in close quarters have released something or started something and I’ve decided to start something similar but then God stops me and asks me whether or not it’s part of my calling or part of my destiny.

Competition within the body of christ is very rife these days. It’s a very unhealthy to want to compete with each other. Now, it’s not wrong to have ambitions but when you trample on others and bring people down just to get there, it will not please God.

Psalms 139:23 – Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

Jeremiah 17:10 – “But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

This competitive mindset is linked to people’s hearts. Whatever is in a person’s heart will show by their actions. Before a person does anything, God will search the heart. Whenever you see yourself becoming envious or jealous, check your heart and your motive.

When the focus shifts from God to personal gain, it can open your heart to all sorts of things such as Strife, Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Conceit. Let your focus be on God at all times, be in your own lane and focus on reaching God.

The kingdom is not a dog eat dog world out there. There is room for everyone. Unity must be the goal, not division. Love must be the goal, not hatred. Let’s build one another, support one another and love one another.

Competition is not healthy, it causes division, it causes hatred, it causes jealousy.

Commit yourself to building God’s kingdom. Love one another, build one another.

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Time – Use it or Lose it

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It only feels like we had just entered January and skipped to February. That literally is how fast the year has gone already, it’s just ticked away right before our own eyes. Do you feel like you need more time? Do you wish you had more time?

Think of it this way – You are sitting in an exam, on the paper, it says that you have 2 hours. Everybody has the same 2 hours, no more and no less. One person uses time well and answers all the questions but the other person just sits there figuring out what to do. All of a sudden the invigilator says “Time up”. Both of you had the same 2 hours but one used time and one wasted time. On exam results day, it was evident to see. Do you want to be the person who uses the time to their advantage or do you want to be the person who sees time tick by?

When I was young, I had this precept that I could wait and do things the next day. It was like that for a while until I met one of my associates who said this to me – “Time waits for no man, Time doesn’t respect anyone, it just goes tic toc. What you do with it is down to you”
I will admit, they were some wise words indeed, they have been lodged in my memory up until now.

All of us can’t complain that we don’t have enough time, in fact, we have 24 hours in a day every day of the week. The only thing is what do we do with it? If you asked someone what they do with their time, this will indicate why they say ‘If I only had another hour or if the day could be extended’.
How do you view time? Can you manage your time well?

I want to introduce a time management tool which will help greatly

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Above is the Eisenhower matrix. It helps us identify and structure our time a lot better. When I was first introduced to this concept I found out that there are things that I do which were time-consuming, they weren’t beneficial for me so I cut them out and I found that I had more time than I thought. Try it out for yourself. You will be amazed at the results.

There are some things in life that we have to do and there are some things that we don’t have to do. In between that, some balance is needed. Ask yourself this question – Do I really need to do it? I did this once and it changed my life

Time is one of our greatest investments. When you invest in yourself and spend time investing in you, you will reap the benefits. Let’s start investing time into something worthwhile.

Let’s stop regretting the time we have wasted. We can’t get it back
Time is precious, Time is our greatest resource.

Time…………………..

‘Do Today what others won’t do tomorrow’

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Obedience – Test your heart

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Everyone wants to be obedient and tries very hard to be obedient but the big question is this – Do you really want to?

There are commandments to follow and instructions to carry out. Even though you are well able to carry them out, how willing are you?

Proverbs 16:2 – All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the lord weighs the motives.

Jeremiah 17:10 – I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.

When deciding to obey a commandment, first, our heart will always be scrutinized. There is a saying which says – ‘His heart is just not in it’. This means that however way you try your best, it won’t be of a good standard because you lack good intentions. It also means that you are not emotionally involved and will not be engaged.

Some time back, I remember being part of a Marketing team, which was so happened to be my very first job. They sent us out to campaign on behalf of Talk Talk. The journey to the base was very long, I was with someone else so I wasn’t bored. When we got the base, we set up our materials and we got started. The day itself was long and with every passing hour, my confidence was draining so in the end I decided to stick it out and wait till home time.

As much as I tried to sell Talk Talk, my heart was just wasn’t in it. You could say I went in without the right mindset. At the end of the day, me and the guy I was with got back on the train and made our way back to the office. As I left the office, I remember the guy telling me that I had the potential to be a great Sales Marketing Professional but I left after 2 days because my heart just wasn’t it.

It’s not that I didn’t want to do it, my heart wasn’t in it. I had to be real with myself and do what was beneficial for my heart

I also remember a time when I was offered an opportunity to go to Brighton to see a football match. Usually I would be up for it and very eager to go but when I woke up on that particular morning I felt really disorientated and so I decided not to go along. It’s not that I didn’t want to go but my heart wasn’t in it.

It is very dangerous to go ahead with something when you know you are not up for it.

Let’s visit a well-known passage in the bible. We’ve looked at it before but I want to zoom in on the end

John 21:17 – Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was deeply hurt that Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love Me?” “Lord, You know all things; he replied, “You know I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

So, within this we see that Peter told Jesus he loved him. Jesus then told him that if he truly loves him then he should go out and feed his sheep.

You could just imagine the scenes if there was no love. It’s a common thing these days because people do it for their own gain. ‘If I do this for you then you can do this for me’. This mindset needs to be eradicated from our mindsets. Our mindset should be founded on love.

When we operate from a position of love, our walk with God becomes easier and we are able to obey him fully. When we operate from a position of love, our service to God will be done with great joy. When we operate from a position of love, we will be overflowed with compassion.

2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Can’t you see for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you — unless you actually fail the test?

We need to get back to the place where we examine our hearts daily. We need to get back to that place of love

Communication – Clarity

In our last post, we talked about the Frequencies of Heaven. We’ve established the difference between hearing and listening and we also see that if we are to know what God is saying then we must be connected at all times.

Clarity – the quality of being clear, in particular

Everybody has a desire to do something great in life and at many times in our lives, we will go into different arenas. Before doing that, we must discern over who called us. When you communicate with various people, it’s wise to confirm what the person has said or if you think someone called you, find out whether that person called you. When you go through life following the wrong counsel, you will no doubt be confused. Confirm your calling…………

Let’s take a look at a young boy called Samuel.

1 Samuel 3 – Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; there was no frequent or widely spread vision.
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had dimmed so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.The lamp of God had not yet gone out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was lying down
When the Lord called, Samuel! And he answered, Here I am.
He ran to Eli and said, Here I am, for you called me. Eli said “I did not call you; lie down again. So he went and lay down.
And the Lord called again, Samuel! And Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, Here am I; you did call me. Eli answered, I did not call, my son; lie down again.
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed to him.
And the Lord called Samuel the third time. And he went to Eli and said, Here I am, for you did call me. Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.
So Eli said to Samuel, Go, lie down. And if He calls you, you shall say, Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
And the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel answered, Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.

God called Samuel the first time but he didn’t recognise the voice so he went to Eli who told him that it wasn’t him who called so he should go back and wait and when he calls again, answer and say ‘Speak Lord, your servant is listening’. The most dangerous place to be is around people who don’t know the voice of God. It’s very possible that you may miss it.

A key to receiving information is to gain clarity over what was said. A lot of time we fail to claim what is ours because of our inability to clarify over what was said to us. A lot of times we speak to people, they tell us things but because we fail to clarify what was said, we end up being confused.

In a world when there are many voices, gain clarity over who said what. When you know the voice, will be able to gain clarity over what they said. When God calls you, confirm your calling……………..

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints

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Communication – Frequencies Of Heaven

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‘I can’t hear God talking to me’

‘ I speak to God but it’s as if he doesn’t respond’

Two opening questions for us to ponder on –

Who are you listening to? What are you listening to?

We have established that if are to communicate with God, we must first be listening to what he says and we can only that we clear away all distractions around us. So, you’re now listening but are you tuned in?

It’s not enough to just listen, you have to be in tune, you have to be in sync to really understand the full essence of what is being said. Sometimes we like to think we hear from God and we initially understand what he has said but 9 times out of 10, we find out that we don’t quite understand what is said.

God loves to communication, in fact, there is not a day that will go by when God is not communicating with his people. Even though we don’t talk to him, he still talks to us. Whenever God wants to send out a message, he will speak it and send it out through the airwaves and that is done through the Holy Spirit. The ones who pick up what’s being said are the ones who are in tune with the Holy Spirit

In the opening passages of Revelations, we see this phrase being repeated – ‘He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Church.’ In essence, we can see that the Church must be in sync with the Holy Spirit so they can hear what’s being said.

If you think of a radio, there will be several stations. You will know if you are on the right station because you can hear it clearly. God’s word is very clear and straightforward but when you are out of sync, everything in fuzzy, it’s not clear, you can hardly hear what is playing on the radio. This is exactly what it’s like when you are not in sync with the Holy Spirit.

If we are going to be obedient towards God, first we must be in sync with the Holy Spirit and secondly we must be listening intensively.

‘Heaven has a frequency, if we ever going to hear what is on that frequency, we must get connected’

 

Communication

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Welcome to a brand new month, a brand new year. We are so excited about what’s to come and we sincerely hope that you join us.

Over the coming weeks (or however long the Lord wants us to) we will be looking at Communication. We all communicate each and every day of our lives but do we know how to communicate effectively.

Today, we want to focus on hearing and listening. It’s been claimed that hearing and listening are the same but from doing research, they are not the same. In fact, they are totally different.

Hearing: Hearing is the faculty of perceiving sounds

Listening: Listening is giving one’s attention to a sound. It’s also to take notice of and act on what someone says.

So, let’s break this down. A person can be in a classroom, he can hear the teacher talking, he is looking at her but when asked to repeat it back, he forgets. This shows that this person wasn’t listening because if he was listening, he would repeat back what was said or do what he was instructed to do.

Let’s look at the bible and see what it says.

Proverbs 16:20 – Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

James 1:22 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says

From these passages, we can see that it’s wise to hear what someone says but it’s wiser to listen to what someone says and then do what’s asked of you. We also know that when you listen well and carry out what has been asked of you, that is what God delights in. He delights in an obedient person.

However, sometimes this does not happen. We can go through the day hearing but not listening and that itself can be very dangerous. There can be various distractions and noise which will take our focus and as a result, we miss what was said. This is one of the reasons why whenever God wants to talk to you or get your attention he will do it when you are alone.

A prime example of that is when God called Samuel. Samuel was lying down when God called him and so within that, he had Samuel’s full attention.

Remember, Hearing is just a way of perceiving the sound whilst Listening is the ability to give one’s attention to the sound.

Do you listen to what everyone tells you?

 

 

The Daily Word – Take Command

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When the chips are down, when the picture looks bleak and it looks like there will be no way out. It’s at that time you must make yourself known and take command. Take charge of the situation and turn it around.Picture a football match, the team is losing. Whilst the rest of the players are distraught, the captain is raising his voice and encouraging the team to keep their heads up. The captain is essentially taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

There are times in your life that you are going to have to face facts, acknowledge what is going around you and command it to stop.

Mark 4:39 – Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea. “Silence! He commanded. “Be still!” And the wind died down, and it was perfectly calm.

Notice that Jesus didn’t negotiate with the wind nor did he hope it would that it would die down. Jesus commanded the winds to be still and the winds died down. Jesus took charge of the situation. In that situation, Jesus was very calm and relaxed that he even had a sleep. This is the attitude we need to have – the ability to remain calm and relaxed despite the different storms in our life.

The context Jesus stepped into was one of confusion, instability, the boat was rocking side to side, fear and doubt. All of this can signal our minds when we go through situations in our life. All of this comes as a result of us not being awake and acknowledging what’s happening. Only once have we done this can we take charge of it.

We also need to learn how to command and take charge of situations. We have already been given the power and authority so it’s about time we start commanding and declaring matters.

Be blessed. I pray that God gives you the boldness and confidence to take charge of your situation in Jesus name.

 

The Daily Word -GO!!!!

As the clocked struck midnight, we entered a new year. We had entered 2017 and the lights changed from red to amber and from amber to green. We were like cars at the traffic lights waiting for the signal to move into 2017. Whilst at New Years Service at Church, there was one thing that I heard in my spirit which was the word – GO

Some of us have been on the starting blocks for a while now, some of us have been at the lights waiting to move but this year is a time to move and GO. It’s time to move forward, it’s time to stop moving around that same mountain and just GO

What is it that you are waiting for? It could be a new house, it could be starting a business, it might even be transforming you. Whatever it is, it is time to GO!!!!

We wish you all a Happy new year and in this year we pray that it shall be a year of manifestation, a year of happiness, love, peace and joy. It is set to be a fantastic year.

Deuteronomy 1: 6-8  When we were at Mount Sinai, the LORD our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighbouring regions—the Jordan Valley, the hill country, the western foothills,d the Negev, and the coastal plain. Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River. Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”

GO and enter your land of promise. It is yours, all yours.

On behalf of everyone at Unified Ministries, have a gracious year. We are looking forward to being with you all at some amazing events and also we look forward to welcoming you to our launch event.

Be blessed in the Lord always

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