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KNOWING BY THE SPIRIT

“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?” – Mark2:8 NIV

One major secret revealed by Jesus on how to gain insight or understanding of the things around you is by learning to focus on the Spirit within you. The Holy Spirit, that lives in you, knows and searches all things (1 Cor. 2:10).

In this instance, Jesus did not read the minds of the Pharisees to know what they were thinking. Some people try to figure out stuff on the outside by observing and reading the signs around them. Jesus didn’t do that, but searched in His Spirit to get knowledge. This will be a more accurate reading of the circumstance or persons involved.

While it may be possible for persons and situations to give prompts that create meaning, this is often times riddled with inaccuracies. These errors in judgement may lead to wrong conclusions and mistakes in choices and actions.

The fail-proof means the Father has given us to gain accurate knowledge and insight to all of life’s issues is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We must constantly filter life through His presence and be highly conscious of His activities in us. He is in us and not in the world (John 14:17). So you cannot find answers through the world because the revealer of Truth is not in it.

The Gift of the Father to us is so amazing that our constant victory in life is guaranteed, but we have to engage perpetually. You don’t try to see in the dark with your eyes do you? The scriptures say the whole world lies in darkness 1 John 5:19, so nothing observed from the outside is accurate. This is why Jesus says in John 14 that the Holy Spirit will guide us into Truth.

So if we must know anything correctly, it will only be by the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus did in the passage here and was able to arrest an ugly situation and bring God the glory.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT FEAR

Fear

Image sourced from: http://dreamcatcherreality.com/fear-plan/

Here are three major fears you will have to overcome if you want to attempt at executing your mission on earth. They come in varying degrees and appear at different seasons of your life. Be conscious of them and how they subtly motivate your actions or inactions.

1. The fear of inadequacy. This is an internal condition that leaves you conceited about your true worth. It prevents you from even trying to conceive an idea or own an inspiration because you feel incompetent or unqualified.

2. The fear of failure. This is when your self-inflicted inadequacy meets an assumed unfavourable external condition. This fear makes you constantly look to the impossibility of things, thereby hindering your ability to even begin.
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issues, Spiritual

STOP SINNING??

Stop Sinning Shows Warning Sign And Control

STOP SINNING!!!! yeah right!
I am sure someone has yelled that at you from some pulpit or platform before, or you have channeled the same to others in trying to be the proxy for righteousness. How well has that worked? Well… I just thought to share a little thought from my personal experience about overcoming sin and living a victorious life in the Lord.

A lot of struggle in one area or another, or multiple areas depending on the former life you had been subjected to. Some wonder if it is really possible to overcome these personal weaknesses and live a life free from the constant struggle to avoid sin. Some have even resigned their ‘fate’ and agreed to the lie of the devil that it is a part of human nature and the burden will always remain with us.

Well, the secret to dealing with this aspect of your life is very simple. It is not far from the secular knowledge of “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” You would agree with me that most of us have conformed our behavior, or even changed our lives all because of certain friendships we have cultivated. True! When love and respect infuses a relationship, change occurs, knowingly or unknowingly.

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Education, issues, Networking, Spiritual

THREE IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF TRUE FRIENDSHIPS

hand-photography-love-finger-arm-swirl-1202962-pxhere.comFriendship is a gift to us all. I am not using the loose term “friends” in initiating these thoughts, but friendship. This is because I am writing about the concept itself and not the simplistic reference to persons we are acquainted with. More so because I am seeking to unearth the deeper dynamics of the operation of the concept in human interaction. So let me quickly share three benefits you enjoy when you find true friendship.

REAL CONVERSATIONS:

Imagine having something to say and not having someone to tell. Imagine also having someone to tell but not having reliable and trusted feedback. Words flow from thoughts and expressed through the lips. However, that process isn’t complete or fulfilling until it is received by another thought process and responded to in an active conversation. Conversations help encapsulate the complexities of life into relatable soundbites that humanize our experience through resonance with another person’s journey.

We were made to communicate, and through this process unburden the mind and heart, that is, the thoughts and emotions layered by the roiling issues we face each day. Conversations help unbundle perceptions, positions, and prejudices we have mustered because they are constantly challenged by other opinions and worldview.

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Academia, Education, issues, Networking, University

LEVERAGING ACADEMIC NETWORKS FOR CAREER EXCELLENCE

Applied Knowledge is Power

A paper presented at the “Town and Gown” Series at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, Nigeria.

Knowledge is power. So goes the popular maxim, which has been severally explored and tweaked in various ways that sometimes we fail to fully deconstruct its essence and practically explore the functional relationship between knowledge and power. While knowledge, on the one hand, is nearly impossible to quantify, its effect on human life is totally verifiable and measurable.

On the other hand, power is quantifiable but its effect is sometimes very hard to measure. Though power can mean different things, we are limited in this discourse to the framework of power as professional competence and the capacity to effect change in any area of human endeavor. It is the marriage of knowledge and power that forms the theoretical basis of my offerings in these thoughts.

In restating the premise of my thesis that knowledge is power, I consider Steve Fuller’s conceptualization of knowledge as “positional good” to be profound enough to terminate this thought. This is in the sense that knowledge expands or extends “the knowers possibilities for actions by contracting the possible actions of other”. If I know what you know, then you have no advantage over me, except in the case where we also have to measure the application of such knowledge. But if I know what you do not know, then I am elevated in advantage. So, yes. Knowledge does confer on one extended possibility for actions that sets one at advantage over others.[1]

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#HalleluyahChallenge #Olowogbogboro: What really happened?

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 8.53.56 PMA major mistake we might make is to assume that the many miracles and salvations witnessed with the #HalleluyahChallenge are the purpose and end-all to this spiritual movement. It’s almost like assuming that entering Canaan was the ultimate purpose of God for delivering His people from Egypt.

This will be a severe limitation of the Source of all Power. Thinking this way is not usually overt. That thought lies or is implied in the way we behave going forward after such a refreshing to the hearts of many. We move on to others things as though we merely visited the market, came home, put everything in the pantry and that’s it.

This will be a severe limitation of the Source of all Power. Thinking this way is not usually overt. That thought lies or is implied in the way we behave going forward after such a refreshing to the hearts of many. We move on to others things as though we merely visited the market, came home, put everything in the pantry and that’s it.

Spiritual moves are never like that. They are not momentary neither are they transient. Most times, we are limited in our understanding of the full scope of the Father’s intention when he initiates such moves. Let’s not forget that all prayers, revivals, refreshing, or any form of spiritual movements is first initiated in Heaven; born out of the Father Heart and Goodness. It is then committed, in partnership, to the hearts of “faithful men who will be able to teach others” (invite or reach others as the case may need).

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