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Sunday February 25, 2018

Who are you? (2):


Paul writes concerning the family of God, ‘Each one of you is a separate and necessary part’ (1 Corinthians 12:27 TLB). But in order to determine where you fit in, it helps to know yourself. For example, what kind of working environment brings out the best in you? Do you thrive on routine? Are you motivated by other people’s needs? Do you enjoy tackling challenges that discourage others? The Bible says, ‘God shaped each person in turn, ‘which means you’re not supposed to be a carbon copy. And how about your relationships? Do you enjoy being a part of a team, or do you function better alone? If only come to life around people, you’ll probably miserable sitting in front of the computer all day. What lights your fire? In the movie Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell described his zeal for running in these words: ‘God made me to be fast, and when I run I feel His pleasure. ‘What makes you feel like that? There’s a story about a man who was asked if he could play the violin. ‘I don’t know. I’ve never tried!’ he replied. When you think about it, it’s a wise enough answer, because until you’ve tried something how do you know whether or not you’d be any good at it? For instance, a frog maybe a great swimmer but it’s a lousy flier. Some of us, whose heroes are birds, walk around feeling bad about ourselves because we can’t fly. You’re not supposed to! God’s word says, ‘Be content with who you are’ (1 Peter 5:6 TM). Stop flapping around out there and give yourself permission to be the person God made you to be!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 45-48, Luke 6:37-49, Ps 109:16-31, Pr 15:23-26

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Saturday February 24, 2018

Who are you? 1:


The likelihood of anyone else in history having the same genetic make-up as you is zero. You’re not just another brick in the wall or another nail in the carpenter’s toolbox. God’s personality formed and made you, (Isaiah 43:7 TM).you’re the only He created, so if you feel to be who you are His kingdom wont benefit from your unique contribution. You’re not your parents (which is good news for some of us!) or yourself on. Its okay to learn from others but always be what God called you to be. The Bible says: don’t compare yourself…take responsibility for doing the…best you can with your…life, (Galatians 6:4-5 TM).

The question is: who are you? Before you answer it, you must ask yourself this: what are my strengths? Do you enjoy working with computers or cars or animals? Maybe you’re an adept people-manager or you like fixing things or you’re good with finances. Paul says, God…has made us what we are, (Eph 2:10 TLB). Are there certain jobs that come easily to you and you wonder why others can’t do them? If so, that says something about your particular strengths and you God-given assignment in life. God said of Bezalel the builder, I have filled him with…wisdom…He is skilled in engraving…mounting gemstone…carving wood, (Exodus 31:3-5 NLT). Once you’ve identified what makes your eyes sparkle and your pulse race go for it! Fix your eyes on what lies before you…don’t get sidetracked, (Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT).

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 41-44, Luke 6:27-36, Ps 109:1-15, Pr 15:22

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Friday February 23, 2018

Begin to simplify your life!


A recent report says, we can have it all. By working longer, playing harder and multitasking. It’s possible to squeeze 31 hours into 24. But it’ll cost you! The average office interruptions. One in three managers gets sick because of information overload. If technology is saving us all this time and energy, how come we’re so frazzled? When the checkout line doesn’t move fast enough or we can’t find a parking space, we have a meltdown. Madison Avenue and Wall Street won’t tell you this but success brings more opportunities for the enemy to run you into the ground. That’s no way to live and it certainty isn’t what God intended for you.

Jesus said. Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me…recover your life. Ill show you how…work with me watch how I do it…learn to live freely and lightly. Sounds good, doesn’t it but it calls for detoxing your thinking and reprogramming it. One author writes: the Lord cannot relieve the pressure, while you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing with the wrong people. If you climb the corporate ladder and neglect your family, His hands are tied because your priorities are out of order. When you're in God’s will you can work hard, but travel light! He’ll carry your burdens and take the weight. Simplifying your life may mean working fewer hours, scheduling downtime and investing more into your loved ones. Our gifts, assignments, personalities and situations are all different, but these principles hold true for everyone. So begin to simplify your life!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 36:27 -40:16 Luke 6:17-26, Ps 79, Pr 15:18-21

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Thursday February 22, 2018

Danger points!


Here are three danger points at which the enemy will attack you: 1. Weariness. In Old Testament times the birthright meant you inherited twice as much of your father’s estate. Normally Esau wouldn’t have considered selling his birthright, but he did in a state of exhaustion. Weariness can cause you to lose perspective and make decisions based on what’s convenient, rather than what’s good for you in the long term. Remember the H.A.L.T. sign: when you’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired you’re vulnerable, and you’ll make bad decisions. 2. Excitement. King Herod was seduced by a dancing girl, threw caution to the wind and said, whatever you ask me, I will give you, (Mark 6:23 NKJV). She asked for the head of John the Baptist. And since he was king, Herod couldn’t go back on his word. That moment of indulgence cost Herod his Kingdom and his Life. Be careful where you go looking for excitement, and how you react when you find it. It can cost you the game! 3. Discouragement. In a moment of discouragement Peter did what he swore he’d never do: deny his Lord. Discouragement can make you say things you don’t mean and do things that are out of character. Jude writes; carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, (Jude 20 TM). Esau’s weariness, Herods excitement, and Peter’s discouragement are what Jesus had in  mind when He said, if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched.’

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Matt Jer 33:1 -36:26, Luke 6:1-16, Ps 137, Pr 15:15-17

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Wednesday February 21, 2018

Keep treading and trusting!


You’ll notice a common thread throughout the Bible. When we really need Him, God shows up and does for us what we can’t do. The rest of the time, which is most of the time, He strengthens us and says keep treading and trusting. There’s no magic carpet. To achieve anything worthwhile you have to walk it out in faith, step by challenging step.

The Book of Job has 42 chapters. In the first 41, Job lived through the loss of his health, his wealth and his family. With friends like Job had, he didn’t need any enemies. His doubts were relentless. Over and over he questioned God but got only silence for an answer. He persevered through tough days and sleepless nights believing, when I'm tried, I shall come forth as gold, (See Job 23:10). Notice: 1. It takes fire to produce gold. 2. Only the refiner knows the degree of heat and amount of the time required. 3. To rush the process is to produce something of lesser value.

God told Israel that every place the soles of their feet trod. He would give to them. C.V. White says. The man who succeeds never waits for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a lot of grit, but the man who succeeds has both. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which people think can’t be done. Complacency, fatigue, criticism and discouragement are hurdles you must constantly overcome. So, keep treading and trusting!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Matt 5:7, Matt 18:21-35, Ps 103:8-18, Lam 3:22-24

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Tuesday February 20, 2018

Seeing yourself as God does 2:


A man who was feeling depressed went to see a psychiatrist. After sharing his problems he expected some profound words of wisdom that would make him feel better. Well, the psychiatrist exclaimed, I’ve diagnosed your problem. Its low self-esteem and its very common among losers! When you view your self negatively you tend to gravitate toward people who talk down to you. But when you know that God love’s you and plans…to give a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT), Y our entire outlook changes. With God you can’t lose. Even if you stumble and fall he’ll help you to get back up, learn from the experience and move on. When you look at your self you tend to see somebody who makes mistakes and falls short, right? But when you begin to look at your self in the mirror of God’s Word, you see someone being transformed into his likeness.

Ever gone to a garage sale or an antique show looking for a bargain? To the untrained eye match of the stuff looks like rubbish; it may even have been gathering dust and mildew in somebody’s attic. But the experience eye sees treasure in disguise, items that juts need to be cleaned, polished, and restored in order to become valuable again. Well, God’s the expert with a trained eye. When the enemy tells you you’re worthless. God looks inside you and sees hidden treasure. When you out him on the throne of your life He’ll enable you to overcome your past, resist temptation, breakthrough your self impost limitations, and start accepting that in His eyes you have great worth.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 31-32, Luke 5:27-39, Ps 122, Pr 15:10-14

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Monday February 19, 2018

Seeing yourself as God does 1:


When Moses sent twelve spies to check out the Promise Land, 10 came back saying, we saw giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight. Israel had repeatedly witnessed God’s power; why now where they intimidated? It’s a perception problem called low self-esteem, and its how the enemy prevents you from winning. The Israelites quickly forgot their Red Sea deliverance and instead remembered Egypt were they’d lived as slaves. Be careful. Hard times can make you think you don’t deserve to be blessed! Anytime you have something of value, the enemy will attack you. In the Old Testament we read: when the Philistines heard David had been anointed king…they went up in full force to search for him, (2 Samuel 5:17 NIV). Until you claim your right full of placed in Christ, Satan will tell you that you deserve to be mistreated. So steep yourself in God’s word till it becomes such a part of you that you stop doubting yourself. God made you in His image, redeemed you, indwells you, and that makes you valuable!

A man in the Prairie observed an eagle fatally wounded by gunshot he writes; with his eyes gleaming slowly turned his head giving one last longing look towards the sky. He’d often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings the sky was the home of his heart. There he displayed his strength a thousand times played with the lightning and raced with the wind. Now far from home, the eagle lay dying because just once, he forgot and flew too low…My soul is that eagle. This isn’t its home. It must never lose its skyward look.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 28-30, Luke 5:12-26, Ps 110, Pr 15:8-9

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Sunday February 18, 2018

Having a steadfast purpose!


Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life this why people try dubious methods like astrology and psychics to discover it. When your life has a steadfast purpose you can bear almost anything. Without it, nothing is bearable. Isaiah complained, I have labored to know purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing (Isaiah 49:4 NIV). Job lamented, I give up; I am tired of leaving. Leave me alone. My life makes no sense (Job 7:16 GNT). Dr. Bernie Siegel found that he could predict which of his cancer patients were most likely to survive by asking, do you want to live to be 100? Those with the deep sense of purpose who answered yes were the ones.

Having a steadfast purpose simplifies life. Defines what you do and what you don’t do. It becomes the standard used to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t. without purpose you’ve no real foundation on which to base your decisions, allocate your child and use your resources. You tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood at that moment. When you don’t know your purpose you try to do too much, and that causes stress and conflict. It’s impossible to do everything people want you to do; you have just enough time to do God’s will. He can’t get it all done; you’re trying to do more than God intended. A steadfast purpose makes your lifestyle simpler and your schedule saner. And it leads to peace of mind: you may keep in perfect place Him whose mind is steadfast.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 25-27, Luke 5:1-11, Ps 102:18-28, Pr 15:4-7

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Saturday February 17, 2018

Learn to walk away!


One of the hardest things to do is take a break without feeling guilty and selfish; our worse, feeling like a failure because everything in your to do list didn’t get done. Here’s a new flash: there will always be more to do! One of your biggest challenges will be learning the difference between setting high standards for yourself and setting unrealistic, impossible ones.

We claw our way to success then discover we don’t like the pressure that go with it. So what should we do? Learn to walk away! Jesus did. The Apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to it, he said to them, come with me by yourselves to a quite place and get some rest. So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place, (Mark 6:30-32 NIV). Jesus understood that if you don’t take a break, you’ll break! So: a. make a list of the things that only you can do, then delegate the rest or let them go; b. learn to take small steps and celebrate small accomplishment for that’s what life is made of; c. don’t allow to stuff that’s still undone, to undo you. D. strive for balance; don’t become addicted to what addicted to what you enjoy; e. don’t allow overachievers to put you into overdrive. You’re in for the long haul. You win when you space yourself; f. take time for the people who matter, otherwise you’ll loose them. Busyness is a destroyer of relationships. All the success in the world won’t compensate for the joy and treasure of your family and your loved ones!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 22-24, Luke 4:31-44, Ps 102;12-17, Pr 15:3

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Friday February 16, 2018

Why does it take so long?


Why does change take so long? Because: 1. We are slow learners. How often have you failed and thought, not again! I thought I knew better. The history of Israel illustrates how quickly we forget the lessons God teaches us and revert to old attitudes and patterns of behavior. That’s why; we must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away, (Hebrews 2:1 NIV). 2. We have a lot to unlearn. We go to a counselor with a problem that took years and develop and say, fix me. I’ve got an hour. Whoa! Your problems didn’t develop overnight and they won’t disappear overnight. There’s no pill, prayer or principle that will instantly undo the damage of many years. It requires the hard-work of removal and replacement. The bible calls this, taking off the old self, and putting on the new self, (Eph 4:22-23 NIV). We still have old patterns, practices and predispositions that need to be dealt with. 3. Growth is painful. Every change involves a loss of some kind. We must let go of our old ways in order to experience the new life Christ promised. And we fear these losses, even if our old ways are self-defeating, because, like a worn-out pair of shoes, they are comfortable and familiar. 4. Habits take time to develop. Your character is the sum total of your habits. And there is only one way to develop the habits of Christ-like character: you must practice them over and over! There are no instant habits. That’s why Paul urged Timothy to practice these things. Devote your life to them.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Matt 5:6, Is 55:1-7, Ps 63:1-5, Jn 4:1-34

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Thursday February 15, 2018

Making a lasting difference:


Some of us think we deserve respect simply because of our position. No, respect must be earned; daily. General J. Lawton Collins asserted, no matter how brilliant a man may be he will never engender confidence in his subordinates and associates if he lacks honestly and moral courage. ‘ultimately, all the skills in the world won’t save you if your character is flawed. Author Stephen Covey writes, if I try to use human influence strategies and tactics to get other people to do what I want…and my character is fundamentally flawed…in the long run I cannot be successful. My duplicity will breed distrust, and everything I do will be perceived as manipulative. It makes no difference how good the rhetoric is or even how good the intentions are; if there is little or no trust, there is no foundation for permanent success. Character can be built, but only slowly. If you want to know how long it will take you to get to the top, consult a calendar. If you want to know how long it will take you fall to the bottom, try a stopwatch, dreams become shattered, possibilities are lost, organizations crumble and people are hurt when a person doesn’t have character protecting his talent. Character provides the opportunity for longevity in any career, any relationship, and any worthwhile goal. Author and Pastor J. R Miller wrote: the only thing that walks back from the grave with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. What a man is, survives him, and that makes a lasting difference!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 14-17, Luke 4:1-13, Ps98, Pr 14:34

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Wednesday February 14, 2018

When you`re on overload 3:


Everything you can go wrong has! You’re teenager pierced his nose, the dog threw up on the carpet, the toilets overflowing, and the car’s leaking fluid. No wonder you’re stressed! When life gets overwhelming remember:

1.      God’s still looking out for you. When things look bad remind yourself that God’s bigger than your problem: don’t get worked up what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

2.      Don’t think about quitting! Every time you reach the breaking point it’s a test you have before you a series of choices that will add up to either quitting our persevering through to victory. Paul was flogged, thrown in jail shipwrecked and run out of town. But he refused to give in to circumstances and in the end he was able to say, I have fought the good fight finished the race and remained faithful, (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT).

3.      If it doesn’t have your name on it, don’t pick it up! Stress comes from micro-managing others and assuming responsibilities that aren’t yours. Establish healthy boundaries. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate, ask God to show you how much to get involved in the lives of friends and family.

4.      You’re breaking point can be the start of a breakthrough. Ever heard the special hitting the wall? Runners used it when they’re exhausted and feel like giving up. But seasoned at rates now if they pushed through they’ll get their second wind and experience a runner's high that’ll carry them over the finish line. So keep going; by God’s grace you’ll make it.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Matt 5:6, Is 55: 1-7, Ps 63:1-5, Jn 4:1-34

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Tuesday February 13, 2018

When you`re on overload 2:


You can’t escape stress, but you learn to cope with it by taking control of your life in a small but important ways. Here are two:

1.      Think about someone other than yourself. David was so frazzled that he was awake all night. Ever been there? That’s when you need to let…praises shape your worries into prayers; letting God knows your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together, will come and settle you down, (Philippians 4:6 TM). Elijah was depressed and suicidal when God showed him how to help himself. How? By leading the cave he was hiding in, and going out and ministering to others. Focusing on something other than yourself gives you perspective. Paul says, the God of all healing counsel comes alongside when we go through hard times and brings as alongside someone else going through hard times so we can be there for that person as God was there for us, (2 Cor. 1:3-4 TM). Do you need help? Reach out to others. It’s in connecting that we are made whole.

2.      Don’t get bitter. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, nothing creates more deep-seated anxiety than the false assumption that life should be free from anxieties. When somebody you trust betrays or disappoints you or you’re struggling financially after tithing faithfully for years, it’s easy to hard-done-by. But don’t become bitter, (Hebrews 12:15 CEV). It destroys relationships and cuts you off from God’s presence. The answer is learning to thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God’s wants you…to live, (1 Thessalonians 5:18 TM).

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 10-13, Luke 3:21-37, Ps 95, Pr14:29-33

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Monday February 12, 2018

When you`re on overload 1:


Before a violin can produce music, stress must be put on the strings. But pull them too tightly and they'll snap. The same is true of you. Enough stress gets the juices flowing and helps you do what needs to be done, but beyond that you snap. Someone quipped; you know you're on overload when you've no time to cook a TV dinner; the cats on tranquilizers and family reunions have to be mediated by law enforcement! Seriously, before it gets to that point, do two things:

    1. ask for help: during Hurricane Katrina eight dolphins were swept out of their aquarium into the sea, but because they stuck together they were rescued. If one had tried to go it alone he'd have perished. When you're alone too much you lose perspective. If the enemy can Isolate you, he can influence you. God designed His family to stay connected. Or as Paul says, 'So that all the members care for each other' (Corinthians 12:25 NLT).

    2. Get real with God: Under stress the surge of negative emotions can be overwhelming, and unless you unburden your soul before God you'll explode at the wrong people. The Psalmist addresses this: cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, (Psalm 55:22 NIV). Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us, (Psalm 62:8 NKJV). It's no more coincidence that many of the Psalms start out with the Psalmist crying out to God for help, and end up with him rejoicing because he vented his pent-up frustrations.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 7-9, Luke 3:11-20, Ps 64, Pr 14:25-28

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Sunday February 11, 2018

Wilderness attitudes!:


After spending half their lives in the wilderness, the Israelites blamed it on their enemies. But it was their own attitude! Because God was...angry they were not allowed to enter...God's rest, because they did not believe' (Hebrews 3:17-19 NCV). Their doubting, complaining and blame-shifting kept them stuck in the wilderness; and it'll do the same to you. It starts with feeling sorry for yourself and thinking, If only I'd been born into a different family, had a better paying job, a more spiritual mate, etc., this wouldn't be happening. And from there it spirals downward into a full blown pity party where everybody else is responsible for your problems. The truth is, ninety-nine per cent of the time the solution begins with change of attitude in you!

Another wilderness attitude that'll keep you stuck, is insisting on doing everything you way! Stubbornness will keep you stumbling around in the wilderness, seeing the promised land but never reaching it. Offering a sacrifice to God before going into battle was the way to victory. Only one problem: Samuel the prophet was the only one qualified to offer such a sacrifice. But pride and stubbornness made King Saul think he could. As a result he lost his life and Israel went down in defeat, Samuel told Saul, because you have rejected God's word, God has rejected you as king, (See 1 Samuel 15:26). Understand this: you don't have to do anything to earn God's love, but you must obey Him in order to walk in His Blessings. So, what has God told you to do? If you want victory in your battles and success in your endeavors, start doing it!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 4-8, Luke 3:1-10, Ps 59:9-17, Pr 14:23-24

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Saturday February 10, 2018

Responding like Jesus!


A soldier made it his practice to end each day with Bible reading and prayer. As the others gathered in the barracks and retired for the night, he'd kneel by his bunk. Some of them saw this and began to mock him. But one night the abuse went beyond words. As he bowed in prayer one soldier threw his boots and hit him in the face. The others jeered, looking for a fight but here was no retaliation. Next morning when the booth-thrower woke up he couldn't believe what he saw. There at the foot of his bed were his boots, polished and returned. Imagine shining the boots that kick you! That calls for a new level of grace. It means deciding what your response will be before the offense comes! Some of the guys in the barracks were leaders, motivated by pride and insensitivity. That's how darkness responds to light. Others were followers; they weren't necessarily bad, just weak and afraid to be different.

Why did Jesus pray from the cross, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do? Because He understood that people who have been raised a particular way, which is driven by certain forces, who, wrestle with unresolved issues and fears, which are programmed with an unregenerate mindset, need God. And He saw it as an opportunity to put God on Display. This requires more than Sunday-go-to-meeting religion. It calls for a Christ-like, example-setting, love-displayed response that makes others to sit up and take notice. Your rights and your wounded ego are not the issue; the One you represent is!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jer 1-3, Luke 2:41-52, Ps 59:1-8, Pr 14:21-22

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Friday February 9, 2018

The overcoming spirit!


A grindstone can make a diamond shine or reduce solid rock to dust. It depends what you're made of. Charles Steinmetz, one of the founders of General Electric, was made of the right stuff. Crippled from birth, he was so short in stature that he looked like a dwarf. His mother died before he was one year old. His father was poor but he determined that young Charles would have an education. Charles couldn't run and play games like normal boys, so he made up his mind to devote himself to science. He set this goal: I will make discoveries that help other people. When Steinmetz immigrated to the United States he couldn't speak a word of English. His face was swollen from the cold he'd endured on the boat passage. His sight was defective. His clothes were shabby. The port authorities were tempted to return him to Switzerland. But he stayed and found a job that paid $12 a week. There he showed amazing abilities. The infant company, General Electric, quickly realized his incredible potential. His career was marked by unparalleled research and development. When he died in 1923 one writer said: he had the mind of an angel and the soul of a seer. What did Charles Steinmetz have? The overcoming spirit! Do you have it? If what you're doing doesn't produce resistance. It's not worth doing. The winners in your Bible are described this way: their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle. What turns weakness into strength? Faith that refuses to back up, back down, or settle for less than what God has promised.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Hosea 11-14, Luke 2:34-40, Ps 21, Pr 14:17-20

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Thursday February 8, 2018

Be patient, it`ll happen in God`s time!


The old saying, you can't always have what you want, isn't necessarily true. When you delight yourself in the Lord...he will give you the desires of your hearts, (Psalm 37:4 NIV). But usually He makes you wait. Dennis Whole says: waiting is an art...if you can wait two years, you can achieve something you couldn't achieve today however hard you worked, however much money you threw at it, however many times you banged your head against the wall. There are things you can't have today that you'll be able to have in the future. So it doesn't make sense to drive yourself crazy and put your life on hold struggling to accomplish something now, that'll be easy when the time is right.

James says: don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature, (James 1:4 TM). God allows certain things to take place in our lives to teach us important principles like: a. developing new skills and ways of thinking; b. showing grace and controlling our responses; c. maintaining our faith when times get tough. Paul writes: the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper, (Colossians 3:12 AMP): Be glad for all God is patient in trouble, and prayerful always, (Romans 12:12 TLB). When you spend time in God's waiting room, He's developing qualities in you that simply can't be developed any other way. When He's finished you'll come out stronger and wiser. And you'll have the maturity to handle what He has in mind for you. So don't let the enemy rattle you or engineer circumstances that put you into overdrive. 'Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.'

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Hosea 6-10, Luke 2:21-33, Ps 17, Pr 14:13-16

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Wednesday February 7, 2018

Forgiveness 3:


If you're finding it hard to forgive yourself for something you've done in the past, it may be that you're reaping what you have sown. And it's particularly hard (but not impossible) to keep from feeling bad when you've condemned somebody else for doing the same thing. Here's a scriptural truth you need to understand, accept and live by: as long as you're alive you will have to keep forgiving yourself and others!

When guilt and condemnation tell you your sins are too big for God's forgiveness, remember what Paul said: save sinners. I'm proof Public sinner Number One...someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy...evidence of his endless patience. Before his conversion Paul persecuted the church, killing and torturing believers. It's how he made his living! And if he could learn to forgive himself, you can tool in fact, when you don't you're implying that your transgressions are beyond the scope of god's grace to forgive and Jesus' blood to cleanse. And that's a bigger sin pride! Plus, when somebody always has issues with other people, they may be looking for somebody to offend them; that way they can point

Out how bad the other people are and feel better about themselves. Pride and a judgmental attitude feed off each other the way humility feeds off forgiveness. God said, I am the one who wipes out your transgressions for my own sake. And I will not remember your sins, (Isaiah 43:25 NASB). When you adopt a humble attitude and work on forgiving yourself the way God has, it's a lot easier to overlook other people's mistakes. Give it a try; you'll be amazed!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Matt 5:5, Num 12:1-15, Ps 37:1-9, Phil 2:5-11

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Tuesday February 6, 2018

Forgiveness 2:


A little boy who'd been rude to his Mum started sneaking off upstairs. Where you going, young man? She asked. To my room to talk to god, he replied. Isn't there something you want to tell me first? She said. Nope, he said. You'll just get mad. God will forgive me and forget about it. Long after you think you've forgiven somebody you can still be harboring hard feelings. Here are some clues that you've still got work to do: you get angry thinking about what happened; you give the offender the cold shoulder; you rehearse the incident mentally and in conversation; you seize every opportunity to remind the offender of what they did. Refusing to forgive and forget is just another way of justifying an unforgiving attitude. The Bible says there are two things God won't share:

1. His glory (See Isaiah 42:8);

2. His right to settle old scores. He said, vengeance is mine; I will repay, (Romans 12:19).

Don’t usurp His authority by trying to get even; take your hands off the situation and let Him work it out. When people insulted Christ...he did not insult them in return...He let God...who judges rightly, take care of him. A grudge shackles you to the offender and you become the hostage! Dwelling on something your parents did, or on how an associate took credit for your work, or on what someone said about you, makes you, not them, miserable. You walk around in turmoil and they don't even know you're upset! Why give somebody that kind of control over your life? What's important is what happens in you, not to you. So forgive, forget, and move on!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Hosea 1-5, Luke 2:8-20, Ps 8, Pr 14:9-12

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Monday February 5, 2018

Forgiveness 1:


How heavy is a glass of water? That depends on how long you have to carry it. A minute is no problem and after an hour your arm might ache. But after 24 hours you'll probably be in bad shape! Each instance the glass weighs exactly the same, but the longer you carry it the heavier it feels. And it's the same with a grudge; it can get so heavy it stops you from living. People will hurt you; that's the reality of sharing this planet with others. Sometimes it's intentional, other times they've no idea they upset you, far less broken your heart. Does that mean you should go around pretending nothing's wrong? No, the first step is to confront your feelings. And when the hurt is deep. It's even harder to forgive. That's when you need to pray. Lord, change my heart and heal me, Jesus said, pray for those who mistreat you, (Luke 6:28 NIV). When you do that something unexpected happens; your heart softens and you start seeing them through God's eyes instead of your raw emotions. Jesus said, if you have anything against someone, forgive only then will your heavenly father...wipe your slate clean. When you sow unforgivable you reap unforgiven, even from God!

Isaac is a prime example of practicing forgiveness. During a drought he dug wells that his enemies moved in and claimed. But instead of retaliating, he moved on and dug new ones. As a result God filled Isaac's empty wells and promised to bless him and his children tool (see  Genesis 26:22-23). and He will fill the emptiness in your life, when you forgive those who have hurt you.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 24-25, Luke 2:1-7, Ps 144:9-15, Pr 14:5-8

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Sunday February 4, 2018

Shukhov`s standard:


It's not easy to maintain a strong work ethic when you feel overworked, underpaid and under-appreciated. But that's the point at which your character is tested and developed. Having a work ethic means, a. doing what you don't feel like doing, in order to achieve the results you want; b. paying a higher price than others for something worthwhile; c. standing up for your principles when someone is trying to knock you down.

In his first novel, author and Nobel Prize-winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote about Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, a political prisoner in a Siberian labor camp. Shukhov is forced to build a wall in weather 20 degrees below zero. As it gets darker and colder the foreman gives the order to hurry the job by throwing leftover mortar over the wall instead of using it, so they could be finished for the day. But Shukov wasn't made that way,' wrote  Solzhenitsyn, telling how the man resisted the order, determined to finish the job right. Eight years in a prison camp couldn't change his nature. He worried about everything he could make use of about every scrap of work he could do nothing must be wasted without good reason. The foreman yells at him and then hurries away. But Shukhov and if the guards had put the dogs on him it would have made no difference. He  ran to the back and looked about; 'Not bad.' then he ran and gave the wall a good look-over, to the left, to the right, his eye as accurate as a carpenter's level , straight and even. Only then did Shuklov stop working. So, measured by Shuklov's standard, how's your work ethic?

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 21-23, Luke 1:67-80, Ps 144:1-8, Pr 14:1-4

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Saturday February 3, 2018

Overcoming your pride:


To overcome your pride you must: 1. Recognize you pride. Benjamin Franklin observed, not one of our natural passions is harder to subdue than pride. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my hum, utility. In The Indispensable Man, Saxon White Kessinger writes: sometime when you feel that your going, would leave an un-fill-able hole, just follow these simple instructions, and see how they humble your soul. Take a bucket and fill it with water, put your hand in it up to the wrist; pull it out and the hole that's remaining, is the measure of how you'll be missed. It's humbling how quickly the hole we think we're leaving, disappears or gets filled in by others. 2. Express gratitude often. Paul writes, no matter what happens, always be thankful, (1 Thessalonians 5:18 TLB). Oprah Winfrey suggests, keep a gratitude journal. Every night list five things that happened this day that you are grateful for. It will change your life. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you'll never have enough. If you focus on what you have, you will always see that the universe is abundant and you'll have more.

Selfish people never think they get as much as they deserve. Continually expressing gratitude helps to break that kind of pride. 3. Learn to laugh at yourself. The Chinese proverb says, blessed are they that laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be entertained. People who have the problem of pride rarely laugh at themselves. Engaging in humor at your own expense shows that pride isn't the problem and that if it is, it's one you're determined to deal with!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 18:17-20:21, Luke 1:57 -66, Ps 139:13-24, Pr 13:25

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Friday February 2, 2018

There`s hope for you:


No matter where you are at this moment, if you haven't found God's plan for your life stop what you're doing and start looking for it! There's nothing in your past or your present that He can't use. Maybe you've veered off course; we all have at one time or another. Read the stories of those God used and you'll discover that blowing it isn't unusual. It's actually part of the learning curve.

When we come into this world kicking and screaming, none of us know exactly what we're supposed to do with our lives. That's okay. Just start where you are right now. When God puts your life on track, he begins by giving you a sense of hope. Only God-given hope will sustain you through the tough times. Maybe you're wondering. Am I ever going to get to where I'm supposed to be? If that's how you feel today, read these words spoken by God to a group of people who'd spent their last 70 years in Babylonian slavery as a result of having done things the wrong way: I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed...I'll turn things around for you, (Jeremiah 29:11-14 TM). And those words are from God's mouth to your ear!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 16-1 -18:16, Luke 1:39 -56, Ps 139:7 -12, Pr 13:24

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Thursday February 1, 2018

Learning to hear God`s voice:


One evening a friend visiting Peter Lord's home told him he could hear no fewer than 18 different kinds of crickets in his garden. Peter was amazed; he'd lived there for years and never heard one. The difference was, this man was a professor of entomology and he had learned to distinguish over 200 different cricket calls with his natural ear. Imagine learning to listen crickets! Looking back, Peter wrote: I suddenly understood that a person must want to hear, and learn to hear, and there were many sounds I was not hearing. Think what you've been missing all these years because you haven't wanted or learned to hear the voice of God speaking to you.

God often speaks to us through others. But the very gifts He speaks to us through can weaken our desire to hear from God for ourselves. The children of Israel said to Moses, we want you to hear from God for us, (See Exodus 20:18-19). the problem is, when you only hear from God through secondary sources it's easier not to make any real commitment, or to obey what you've heard. But when you know God is speaking to you personally you must make clear-cut decision. Jesus said, His sheep follow him because they know his voice, (John 10:3-4 NIV). Examine the heroes in your Bible. They were all flawed! So what gave them the strength to accomplish such great things? They knew God's voice! Nothing, absolutely nothing in your life is more important than learning to know God's voice when He speaks to you!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 13-15, Luke 1:26-38, Ps 139:1-6, Pr 13:21-23

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Wednesday January 31, 2018

Thank God for your family:


If you've forgotten how well off you are to have your family, read this: I'd finally had it. The children were loud, irritable and impossible. I was tired and fed up. My wife was tired and fed up. So I decided to run away from it all and have a day just for me; a day in which I did what I wanted. I was going to live it up and be greedy as I pleased. I want to tend to anybody but my self.

I zoomed out of the house with #25. There, I did it I said to myself as I drove to the A-road and bought north. Well, I went to a shopping center, had a great time in a bookstore and bought the collected poems of Walt Whitman. Afterward, I drove to McDonald's and ordered two hamburgers, my own large fries and my own large cola. I ate everything without being interrupted, without giving my pickle to anyone, without wiping anyone's mouth, nose or bottom. Then I ate the biggest the biggest ice cream I could find.

I was free! I was out of town! So I drove to the cinema and watched a film without buying popcorn, without someone sitting on my lap, without escorting someone to the bathroom. I was a free man. I was living it up-and I was miserable.

By the time I returned home, everyone was asleep. As I slipped into bed my wife whispered, we missed you. I answered me too. I never ran away from home again!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Matthew 5:4, Is 51:1-16, Ps 30, 1 Corinthians 1:3-7

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Tuesday January 30, 2018

Stay focused 5:


Paul told Timothy to focus on his strengths. That special gift…you were given…keep that dusted off and in use. Focused people don’t hide their weaknesses or excuse them; instead they focus on their strengths! There's a story about a couple who decided to build a far, then they began to argue. The wife wanted to build the house first. The husband wanted to build the barn first to house the animals. They went back and forth until finally the man said: Look, we have to build the barn first because the barn will enable us to build the house, the garage, the silo, the kids’ swing set, and everything else! When you focus on putting first things first, everything else is more likely to fall into place.

Anthony Campolo says: what you commit yourself to, will hang what you are and make you into a completely different person. The future conditions you, not the past. What you commit yourself to become, determines what you are more than anything that ever happened to you yesterday. Therefore, I ask you, “what are your commitments? Where are you going?  What are you going to be? Show me somebody who hasn’t decided and I’ll show you somebody who has no identified, no personality, and no direction.” Focusing on weaknesses instead of strengths is like having a handful of coins, a few made of gold, the rest of tarnished copper, and setting aside the gold coins to spend your time shining the copper ones in hopes of making them more valuable. No matter how long you spend, they’ll never be worth what the gold ones are. So, stay focused on your God-given strengths!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 7-9, Luke 1:1-10. Ps 73:1-16, Pr 13:17-19

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Monday January 29, 2018

Stay focused 4:


Notice: 1. Focused people don’t live in the past. Too many of us yearn for the past and get stuck in it. Instead we should learn on the past let go of it. Elbert Hubbard wrote: a retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is a good thing, but the ability to forget is a token of greatness. Successful people forget. They’re running race. They can’t afford to look behind. Their eye is on the finish line. They're too big to let little thing disturb them. If anyone does them wrong, they consider the source and keep cool. It's only the small people who cherish revenge. Be a good forgetter…success demands it. 2. Focused people don’t think about the difficulties, but the rewards. If you dwell on the difficulties too l long you’ll start to develop self pity instead of self-discipline. As a result you’ll accomplish less and less. By focusing on results you’ll stay encouraged. Make Christ your example. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy would be his afterward, (Hebrews 12:2 TLB). 3. Focused people choose their friends carefully. Here are five types of people you will encounter: a. Refreshers; who strengthen your faith and energies you. B. Refiners; who sharpen you and clarify your vision. C. Reflectors; who mirror your energy, neither adding to nor subtracting from it. D. Reducers; who try to diminish your goals and efforts to their comfort level. E. Rejecters; who don’t understand you or what God’s called you to do. So, remain focused and you’ll stay grounded; the praise of others is less likely to go to your head, and the negative impact of your critics will be minimized.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 7-9, Luke 1:1-10. Ps 73:1-16, Pr 13:17-19

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Sunday January 28, 2018

Stay focused 3:


When in comes to staying focused, keep in mind: 1. Focused people look for a better way. What got you where you are won’t necessarily get you where you need to be. A family who moved into a new neighborhood got a late start one morning. As a result their six year old missed her school bus. Though it would make him late for work her father agreed to take her to school if she gave him direction. After twenty minutes of going in circles they finally arrived at the school, which turned out to be a few blocks away from where they lived. Steaming her dad asked why she drove him all over the place when the school was so close to home. We went the way the school bus does, she said. That’s the only way I know. 2. Focused people concentrate a little harder and a little longer. Hall of fame baseball player Hank Aaron says what separate a superstar from the average ballplayer is that he concentrates just a little bit longer. Focused thinking is the ability to remove distractions and mental clutter so that you can concentrate with clarity. 3. Focused people make commitments, not excuses. A sign on the desk of an officer at the Pentagon read: the secrecy of my job does not permit me to know what I’m doing. It’s a cute joke, but not so cute when it’s true. When you don’t know what you’re doing, you become frustrated and end up failing. That’s why praying and getting direction from God is critical for your life. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 4:18-6:33, Mark 16:9-20, Ps 80:12-19, Pr 13:13-16

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Saturday January 27, 2018

Stay focused 2:


Focus does three things for you: 1. It keeps you on target. We find ourselves pulled in a dozen different direction, spending much of our time and energy on things we don’t really care about. Author Don Marquis put it this way: ‘Ours is a world  where people don’t know what they want, and are willing to go through hell to get’ the Bible says: ‘Let your eyes look straight ahead…do not swerve to the right or the left’ (Proverbs 4:25-27 NIV). 2. It increases your energy. Attempting everything, like attempting nothing, will suck the life out of you. Focus gives you energy. Admiral Richard Byrd, the polar explorer, said, ‘Few men come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never use. ‘One of the reason of those wells go un-topped is lack of focus. They don’t reach toward achievement until it has clear objective. 3. It lifts you. It’s been said that ‘the worlds stands aside to let anyone pass, who knows where he or she is going.’ In a sea of mediocrity, just knowing what you want to do and making an effort to pursue it, distinguishes you from almost everybody else. Henry David Thoreau asked, ‘Do you ever hear of a man to have striven all his life faithfully and singly toward an object, and in no measure obtain it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated?’ just by striving to become better than you are, we become elevated even if you don’t accomplish what you desire, and even if others don’t step aside for you. By trusting God and aiming higher, you move to a higher level.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 1:1-4:17, Mark 16: 1-8, Ps 80:1-11, Pr 13:11-12

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Friday January 26, 2018

Stay focused 1:


You become effective by being selective. It’s human nature to get distracted. We’re like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but not getting anywhere. Without a clear purpose you keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, etc., hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. You think, ‘this time it will be different,’ but it doesn’t solve your real problem; lack of focus.

The power of focusing can be seen in light. With a magnifying glass the rays of the sun can set paper on fire. But when light is focused even more as a laser beam, it can cut through steel. Nothing is as potent as a focused life. The men and women who make the greatest difference in life are the most focused. For instance, the apostle Paul said, ‘I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing (Philippians 3:13 TLB). Paul’s obsession was to make Christ known. So if you want your life to have impact, focused it! Stop dabbling. Stop crying to do it all. Do less. Turn away from even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. Poet William Matthews wrote, ‘One will cultivated talent, deepened and enlarged, is worth a hundred shallow faculties. The first law of success in these days when so many things are clamoring for attention is concentration to bend our energies to one point, and to go directly to the point, looking neither to the right nor to the left. ‘Thus focus comes easily or naturally? No, its discipline that must be practiced everyday.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Rev 19-22, Mark 15:42-47, Ps 143,Pr 13:9-10

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