TAKE THE YEAR NOW | SHINE BRIGHTER

Onyedikachukwu George Nnadozie with Wisdom :
It is the year of the Lord as always, Christ being our place is the realest thing about the status of a believer. The day we accepted the Lordship of Jesus, we became new creatures, though we may not have had a serious different experience in the flesh, we know that something got brand new! The real us became new and old things passed away without any trace, they became non-existence in our Spirit. Even though we may still feel the urgeurgue to do things that aren’t appropriate, we know we are not how we feel, we are not even what we experience in the flesh but we can actually influence how we feel, we can influence what we experience by God’s word. As believers, we can impose what has happened in our spirit in the physical.
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The Bible says in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewingreneweing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect.” The world has a way they go about everything, the world have a way they define what success is, they have a way they think about relationships and all of that. For instance, in Matthew 6:31-32 we see that the world struggle for what to eat and drink, they struggle for what to wear and where to live, they make it what they are living for and they go about like people without hope, making it a do or die affair. But Jesus said those things shouldn’t be any of our worries because we have a father who knows we need all of these things and we are hopeful in him knowing that God doesn’t just leave us in the middle of no where, He sees us through it all.
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When we understand that God cares about us, we will boldly work with gratitude in mind knowing that God blesses the works of our hands. Knowing this, we continue living our lives peacefully and with absolute trust in God with an understanding that God’s wish for us for the rest of our lives on earth is to be prosperous in the physical even as He has prospered us spiritually. He never automated this process, it is a process we will intentionally key into if we want to see God’s wish for our life manifest. By being intentional, we are agreeing with God that His wish for us will be met. The Bible says that we should be transformed by constantly renewing our mind which is only when we can be able to test and approve what God’s will for us is. We can never know what God’s perfect will for us is when we continue living like the world people does. For instance, you can never know God’s perfect will for you when you keep living in fear of the unknown, when you keep saying the wrong words like the world does, when you keep being negative about the year, thinking it will be like every other year in the past. It is when you consistentlytenty study God’s word that your mind keeps getting renewed! Your mind isn’t your Spirit, your mind was never made new. The experiences of the past is still stored there, the pictures of the past can still play out. You have to keep filling up the mind with the right things until it outweighs what has been there previously.
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We are in a new year and there is nothing new except what you decide to make new. Nothing changes except what you decide to change and the theme of the year declared by your Pastor will never make sense except you make it your personal focus for the year. Words become powerful when they become our meditation, it should not be taken casually. The reason why a lot of people start up the year with great optimismoptismism and still end it in disappointments is because sometimes we get excited about the beginning but we do not work towards achievingacheieving what has been declared. This year, make up your mind to be serious and intentional with succeeding. You really never had to wait for new year to begin but if you had waited, its still fine to start now. Be intentional with the character you display, be intentional with who you hang out with and be intentional with what you show people about yourself. You are not what you do but that is what peoplepeope understands about you, you should display who you are.
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The Bible says in Phillipians 2:14 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among who you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life…”
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You see, we are so different from the worldly people! We are not meant to be as angry and bitter as them, God wants us to lead a very peaceful life and to be without blame even as we are surrounded by people who can influence us negatively if we let them to. When others are bitter, we can be sweet, when others are hating we can be loving and this is how we display who we are, this is how we shine as lights in the midst of darkness. We can do this by holding fast to the word of life, that is the word of God written to and for us. It is something we will do deliberately, God wants us to make that choice ourselves. Jesus in John 1:9 was referred to as light to everyone and because Christ is in us, that light is shinning through us and it can only shine in the capacity we let it to. I’ll like us to note some few points that will guide us for the rest of the year if we can always pick it up and check ourselves with it.
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1. RECOGNISE YOUR DIFFERENCE: We are not the same with everyone else, we are not the same with the people of this world and no matter how much we love them and want them to come to the knowledge of the truth we cannot imitate them in a bid to get them, we win them over with our love. While they live in darkness, lies, hate and confusion, we cast off all of those works of darkness and put on the armor of light as the bible says in Romans 13:12. In the physical, we are the ones to intentionally shine! The world run after pleasures and selfish gains that doesn’t last but we live our lives in a different way, we live for Jesus and the Bible says in Romans 13:14 that we should put on the Lord Jesus Christ and give no room to the flesh or meet its desires. This means while it is good to make money and have fun, we do not live for these things, these things aren’t the essence of our making.
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2. BE BOLD TO SHINE: We have seen earlier that we can shine as lights and it is something we do intentionally. The Bible says in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before others…” We bring light to dark areas and darkness disappears disapears. We can shine by being bold enough to go out, meet people, get close to them and start influencing them positively. We can shine by building relationship with people and by being committed to their lives and growth. It doesn’t end in telling them about Jesus, we ought to show them Jesus. It doesn’t matter if you are introverted, don’t kill yourself about what you can’t do but trust God to always create for you an enabling environment to reach people and always be sincere in praying for others. You find confidence in the place of prayer and as the word becomes more real to you. Also lead by example, don’t just be lazy thinking prayer solves it all. Find something doing, if you had started doing something, be intentional about improving. God wants you to make money too, use your God-given creativity and affect lives! In my previous teachings I have dealt so much on this.
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3. GIVE JESUS THE CREDIT: A lot of times people want to win people to themselves. Some people want loyalists to themselves not for the sake of the gospel but for the sake of proving a point or becoming idolized. Jesus didn’t just asked us to shine like lights, he continued to say “so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven” There is only a very unrecognizable difference between showing off and shinning! People who show off may do exactly what people who shine as lights do, they do it for self recognition but we do it for Jesus, we give Jesus the credit! This is chieflycheifly a condition of the heart and you must consciously start shinning just to bring glory to God and not to yourself.
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4. SAY THE RIGHT THINGS: What you say reflects the condition of your heart and in the law court what you say but never meant can even be used to judge you. As someone whose heart has been changed, choose to say the right things only. Don’t talk like the world both in their negative thinking and corrupt practices. Don’t say you are finished, don’t say the year will be worst than that of the past and don’t also use curse words. The Bible says in James 3:8 that the tongue can be full of deadly poison. Somewhere else the Bible says that the tongue has power over life and death! The Bible says in Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion occassion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” You say the right things for yourself and for others! What you listen to can also affect your words so you have to carefully select the songs you listen to, the movies you watch, the kinds of people you pay attention to. This also includes choosing who to connect to on the social media and who not to connect to. The social media is becoming a part of our life that we can’t deny. You don’t just say the right things offline, also do them online. You don’t know how many lives you affect with what you do online. Shine everywhere!
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There are many other points but these are the basics! Leading a very peaceful and quiet life should be your desire this year. What areas of your life do you feel you need to work on? Start doing it now! It is not because it is a new year and it is not because what you did today can have an ultimate say for the rest of your year but it is because you have been reminded again that time doesn’t wait for any man and that whatever it is you had wanted to do, this is the right time to do it.
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Every day belongs to God and this year is also THE YEAR OF THE LORD! Move in this consciousness. Take you year now!
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I am George O.N
The Man-In-God
#GracefulGeorge