Does it really matter what one has to face to become great in life? I think it matters not. There’s a price to pay for greatness. The road To greatness is really tough and rough, that’s why it is attained only by those who develop a strong winning attitude in the midst of obstacles and tough times.
Don’t give up your dreams no matter what comes your way. When life becomes too tough and unbearable for you, consider taking a little time off to refresh your spirit and regain the motivation to bounce back with new energy and winning momentum.
Also read GOD IS GOD AND YOU REMAIN A HUMAN
When you sit to analyze the reasons why something didn’t work out, dare not to include why you may not try again. Failure in a project is a strong indication that success is close at hand. For failure does not occur in the absence of work. Progress preceds failure. It is in the flow of progress that failure occurs, and it stirs up new ideas for better and outstanding innovation that triples your progress.
Don’t forget, every destination has a connection that leads to it. And the connection to success and greatness is failure and determination to succeed. You will attain greatness when you refuse to give in to failure. Greatness becomes very possible if you don’t give up your dream no matter what comes your way of attaining greatness.
There’s something you must not overlook in pursuit of greatness-HUMILITY!
Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew’s gospel chapter 20:26 “Not so with you. Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant”. (NIV)
You must be humble enough to serve and impact people’s life-those who are really in need of your services whether they can afford it or not. Accept both low and high invitation to do what you know how best to do.
Another thing that can make greatness a possibility is: A BURNING DESIRE
Consider the word Jesus used in the above text, “whoever wants” This suggests a burning desire that is personally activated. If you do not desire greatness, you can’t attain it. It is that lively burning desire that will unstoppably bounce you back to the track when you encounter failure.
I pray for you that no failure or any form of disappointment will push you out of the track of greatness in Jesus Name, Amen!
(From Christian Encourager Magazine )
The will power of man is the strength he has as a human being. Whatsoever conquers the will power conquers the man. on the other hand, anything that cannot conquer a man’s will power cannot dominate nor rule over him.
A man’s will power is the enabling force endowed him by God to dominate his environment. You cannot rule over your environment, if your will power is not strong. You need strong will to rule.
So God created man in His own image…. And God blessed them and said unto them, be fruitful and multiply. and replenish the earth and subdue it… Genesis 1:27-28
It is impossible for a man to dominate his environment and live in total victory if his will power is weakened. To dominate and conquer, one’s has to be strong. Every trouble that will attempt to dominate a man will first work on his will power, either to steal or weaken it. No sickness or problems of life can kill or destroy your life, until you give up your will to live. Therefore, whatever cannot overpower your will, cannot overpower you.
The Scriptures say:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy; I am come that you might have life and have it abundantly John 10:10
Satan steals before he kills and destroys. Every negative pressure exerted on a man is targeted at him losing his power of resistance.
My dear reader, no matter the pressure or pain exerted on you by any situation or person, if you do not surrender your will power, you will triumph at the end. It is not about how big the problem or challenge may look; rather it is all about the strength of your will power. Therefore, we can say if your will power to live or survive is strong, you will win of problems of life, but if your will to live is weak or even gone, then you will lose to the problems of life.
Every difficult situation or satanic manipulations you encounter today are programmed to force you to accept defeat.
And when the tempter came to him, he said if thou be the Son of God command that these stones be made bread… Matthew 4:3-6
Satan tempted Jesus in diverse ways. The sole object of his temptations was to lure Jesus away and manipulate him to surrender his will power. But Jesus realizing his tricks countered him with the word of God.
If you stand out and refuse to accept the will of the devil concerning you or your family, his plan will not materialize in your life. This was the reason satan could not conquer or have control over Jesus. Jesus refused to surrender his will power to the devil. He chose to uphold the will of God. He vehemently rejected all that the devil had to offer. And the end product was that God’s perfect will was done in his life. Inner weakness is a sign of a weakened will, while inner strength is a proof of a strong will.
REFUSE TO GIVE UP YOUR WILL POWER
Listen, Jesus refused to give in to the devil attacks and tricks and the devil could not conquer him, rather he conquered the devil. It doesn’t matter what you have passed through, or are passing through or are passing through in life, one fact you must not forget is that, if your will to make it is strong and you are willing to stand your ground, resisting the devil to the end, you will conquer your situation.
Satan could not dominate Adam and Eve until they surrendered their will power to him. The temptation imposed on Adam and Eve by the devil is much the same with the one he set before Christ. Satan made several suggestions on both occasion, but he never forced either of them to succumb, because he had no power over their will.
The devil said to Adam:
“Yea, hath God saith ye shall not eat of every tree of this garden?. Genesis 3:1b
The action of Eve in the above Bible quotation was a product of the conversation she had with the devil previously. As a result of her giving consideration to the satanic suggestions, Eve’s will power was weakened, and as result, she could longer exercise control over her actions.
Whatever happens around you, the satanic movement and activities are actually targeted at what is inside you. So refuse to give in. Satan made Eve to feel and see the wrong thing. The outcome was that Eve willingly submitted her will to the devil. Satan did not impose the forbidden fruit on her, she willingly partook of it.
Today, a lot people are willingly surrendering their will powers to the devil through the nature of their desire or acceptance of their problem as a means to their death. Such people usually blame their predicaments on satan and his cohort. But the truth is that, no power can conquer or rule over you until you surrender your will power to it. We can therefore conclude that if one’s will is intact, one’s strength will remain strong. This means that strength can be sustained by keeping the will power intact.
Satan had to rely on this conversation with Eve to know the truth about God’s instructions to her and her husband at Eden. What you know that another does not know is what gives you advantage over him. Until you open to the devil the content of your heart, he has no control over it. It is to this end that the Scripture enjoins us to resist the devil. You need to understand the need to resist the devil and keep him away from your heart.
Do not give the devil any room for suggestion and arguments or any type of conversation. He should be simply resisted and forced to flee. When a man makes room for the devil’s suggestion, he risks being lured away from what he knows.
The reaction of satan when Eve opened up to him was to fire his destructive bullet immediately against her. Genesis 3:6.
Delilah could not cut the hair of Samson until she convinced him to surrender his will power. She manipulated him to expose the secret of his power to her (Judges 16:6 KJV).
So Delilah said to Samson, tell me the secret of your strength and how you can be tied and subdued (Judges 16:6 CBV).
One of the messages exposed in this translation is that when one’s will is intact, one’s strength will remain strong. This means that strength can be sustained by keeping the will intact. Until Samson told Delilah the secret of his power, he remained in control of the Philistines. He remained undefeated in battle. But the day Samson willingly exposed the secret of his strength; he lost his immunity to defeat. Your will power is your strength. Your ability to rule over your circumstances depends on your will power. The powers from hell may be fighting had to frustrate you, but you can overcome them if you refuse to surrender your will power.
YOU CAN REGAIN YOUR LOST STRENGTH
Samson lost his hair, his strength and his dominion over the Philistine. They in return ridiculed and made mockery of his God. Yet that was not the end of Samson, he refused to die until he had seen the restoration of his power. You may also have found yourself in a position of mockery, owning to your circumstances, you may have surrendered your will power to the devil like Samson did, but then do not kill yourself yet. The good news for you is that you can bounce back. You can reclaim your lost glory.
My dear reader. Samson did not die a ridicule; he died a warrior. Samson willingly surrendered his strength to the devil. so also he willingly recovered it. He had to fight had to regain his lost strength.
I do not know what you are passing through presently. I don’t know those desires of yours that have not materialized, but there is one thing I know very well, if your will power to overcome is strong, you will not die in your problems. It is possible to turn your circumstances around for the better. God bless you.
Gibson C. Eze is a Preacher of the gospel, an Evangelist and Author with a special anointing of God upon his life. He is the CEO of Gibchim Nigeria Limited, he also the President of Gibchim Mentorship Institute and Publisher of the fast spreading Newsletter called the “Christendom.”
He is in constant demand for conference, Retreats, conventions and Crusades within and outside the country.
How do I Escape Pornography Addiction?
As I’m sure you can guess, some of the most searched terms on the internet are related to pornography-whether it is to seek out or to find ways to end addiction. Pornography is everywhere today in varying forms and levels of graphicness. It affects both guys and girls. satan has succeeded in twisting and perverting sex. He has taken what is totally good and right (loving sex between a husband and wife) and replaced it with lust, pornography, adultery , rape, and homosexuality.
Pornography can be the first step on a very slippery slope of falling into even more immoralities (Romans 6:19). The addictive properties of pornography are documented facts. Just as drug abuse requires a user to always up the ante to achieve the same high, pornography drags one deeper and deeper into hard-core sexual addictions and ungodly desires.
The three main kinds of sin are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1John 2:16). Pornography encompasses all of those. It definitely makes us lust after flesh, and it is undeniably a lust of the eyes. Pornography is not something we are to dwell upon, according to Philippians 4:8.
Pornography is addictive (1Corinthians 6:12; 2Peter 2:19) and destructive (Proverbs 6:25-28; Ezekiel 20:30; Ephesians 4:19).
Having lustful thoughts is the essence of pornography, and it is offensive to God (Matthew 5:28). (Note: Lust is not the same as love, which is what you would feel for your husband or wife.)
When a person claims to be a Christian has become desperately devoted to pornography, without remorse or desire to desire to repent, that person should really consider if he or she is really saved ( 1Corinthians 6:9). That sounds hash, but one who has wholeheartedly made a decision to follow Christ will not make a decision to constantly disobey a His Word. This doesn’t mean we will never stumble. It happens. But if a person has no desire to change, then that is when we have to worry.
If you are addicted to pornography …..
First off, do not despair! An addiction to internet porn is not an “unforgivable sin.” God can and will forgive you. Pornography addiction is not impossible to conquer. With God, you will have the power to overcome it.
Second, let me encourage you that are NOT alone. Pornography addiction is such a solitary thing. Those images you see are ones that will be burned into your memory always, and it hurts. I know it hurts. You feel like you’re the only one with the problem, yet there are so many who struggle with it. Take heart that you are not the only one!
God can and Will Give you Victory.
If you truly desire to be free from your addiction, here are some steps to
1. Confess your sin to God (1 John 1:9).
He already knows what’s going on, but it is helpful to just get it out in the open. So often, we think we can hide things from God, but honestly, He knows it all anyway. It’s best to just fess up.
2. Ask God cleans, renew, and transform your mind (Romans 12:2).
The reasons why you are turning to pornography may be much deeper than you think. Maybe it starts with boredom or loneliness or just plain curiosity. But there is terrifying draw that pornography has; it’s so hard to look away. Yet God can give you the strength to do so!
3. Ask God to fill your mind with things from Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things.”
4. Learn to posses your body in holiness (Thessalonians 4:3-4). That is, your body belongs to God, so take care of it as though you are taking care of it for Him by keeping it holy and pure.
5. Understand the real reason why sex exists, and wait until marriage to meet that need. (1Corinthians 7:1-5).
Sex was invented by God; that’s why our bodies desire it so. We were made for this, but God’s command is that it is only to be enjoyed in the context of marriage. Sex outside of marriage causes all kinds of emotional and spiritual turmoil that does not help us in our relationship with God.
6. Realize that if you take direction from the Holy Spirit to live a holy life, you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). If we truly allow God to direct our actions, He will help steer us away from the temptations that would make us fall into sin.
7. Stop Looking at Graphic Images!
That seems a bit simple and obvious, but really, installing pornography blockers on your devices and timing viewing of sexy media (TV, movies, games, etc.) will help you stop before you even get started. We have suggestions listed below.
8. Find a Christian friend who will pray for you and help keep you accountable.
Make sure this is a person you trust to call you out and tell you like it is.. That’s very important! A friend who will let you get away with things doesn’t make for a very good accountability partner.
Also read Christian Encourager editorial page 👇🏽https://thinetheglory.com/2018/08/04/christian-encourager-magazine-editorial-soft-copy/
Pornography can lead to uncontrollable lust and make it really difficult to experience true sexual intimacy when you’re married. Often intense feelings of guilt and despair go along with viewing porn-or show up directly afterward.. Pornography is the #1 cause of masturbation, sexual assault, and sexual deviancy. Pornography is offensive to God, which makes it a sin that must be confessed, repented of, and overcome.
But remember, you are not alone. God can give you power. YOU CAN DO THIS.
By: Catiana Nak Kheiyn editor of 412teens.org
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By Romanus O.Obiekosi
I give glory and honour to God Almighty for the actualization of this divine assignment. A project that has long existed in our “mental world” but has now become visible in the real world. It has become something real and tangible, something to be grasped. May the Name of the Lord be praised..
The Christian Encourager Magazine is born out of godly zeal and passion, towards the fulfillment of God’s divine purpose, and establishment of His will on earth as it is heaven.
it is born out of love for humanity towards actualidzing its God’s divine mandate and purpose on earth, hoped to be achieved through unflinching encouragement in all ramifications of human endeavours.
It’s a push to step up to God’s standard of living and desire for mankind.
The Christian Encourager magazine is about encouraging and building up in diverse forms. It is aimed at touching every aspect of human life and endeavour, no matter the adverse condition you find yourself. It is just as the the Scripture says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”( 1Thessalonians 5:11)
So we see promotion in every adverse circumstance as far as the Lord sits on the throne and we put all our trust in Him. It’s gonna be well!
This therefore is pivotal, and a watchword for us on this mission. It is our drive and objective.
Encouragement is one of the most essential aids and tools that everyone born of a wowan needs to succeed in any life’s endeavour. It is the leading factor for godly and excellent living. It is mostly needed in our present generation where everything now goes; where morality and godliness has grown wings and flown away from our planet earth, and evil, lawlessness, injustice, afflictions and difficulties have risen to their highest order.
Our children in the classrooms and at campuses are unsafe. Parents and wards are in constant fear of of losing their children’s moral values, and godly standard. They need our constant encouragement in order not to lose their moral and godly values.
Encouragement produces energy and builds up unwavering faith for continuity in living a meaningful life and pursuing godly aspirations. When it comes from the right source (divine), it becomes a strong, hard and right push towards the right direction. We all need that right push. Our children need it. We all need to be encouraged and to encourage others in all life’s issues.
Encouragement comes in diverse forms. As needs varies among people, so they require various kinds and forms of encouragemnt. It could be verbal (words) or tangible (materials). Some persons’ challenges might be solved with just a little word of advise. While others might require a tangible gesture like cash, equipment, materials, working tools, etc. Still a host of others might be needing professional support, coaching, mentoring, training, skill acquisition etc. This is the purpose the ‘The Christian Encourager Magazine’ is set to achieve.
We hope to provide encouragement on many issues of life as they affect and pose a challenge to humanity daily. Beginning from spirituality to the family life, relationship, carreer, professions, work, business, leadership, human behaviour and life in general.
No matter how rich you may find this edition, it is not in any way comparable to our subsquent editions. We are ready to explore and explore and explore and get to the zenith of acquiring whatever it requires to achieve this mission.
We are set to turn this world around for good to the glory of God.
We solicit for your unflunching support in whatever area that will aid us to achieve this mission.
The Holy Bible is our standard of authority and presentation. Every other perception or idea will be duly scrutinized and subjected to the standard of the Holy Scriptures. That is, the Holy Scripture is our yard stick. We don’t encourage what disagrees with God’s word.
I trust you will find a topic or more in the pages of this magazine that will encourage, edify and change you for the best in life ahead. See you at the VICTORS hall of fame.
I pray that the LORD will lay upon you the burden to become an Encorager in order to change the life of others around you. See you at the VICTORS hall of fame.
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Let’s us not be weary in doing the Lord’s work. Rather we should be willing to do the work of the Lord. We shall get our full reward from the Lord now and when He comes in glory. God bless you.
By Romanus O. Obiekosi