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rccg the king s palace family life ministry focus of the family

RCCG The King’s PalaceFamily Life MinistryFocus of the Family

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 Family Life Teaching Summary

key movies characters
Key Movies Characters
  • Mitchells
    • Adam (father)
    • Victoria (wife)
    • Dylan (Son)
  • Hayes
    • Nathan (father)
    • Kyla (wife)
  • Shane Fuller (jailed police)
  • Martinez
    • Javier (father)
    • Carmen (wife)
  • David Thomson (rookie officer)
value system
Value System
  • A value system is a set of consistent values and measures.
  • Value denotes something's degree of importance or relative worth with the aim of determining what action or life is best to do or live
values or value system
Values or Value System?
  • What are examples of things affected by our value system?
    • Relationships
    • Education (type/level/quality)
    • Choices/Decisions
    • Attention/Focus/Priorities
    • Friendships (choice of friends)
pressures vs values
Pressures vs. Values
  • Pressure at work will prevent you from creating time for your teenager (e.g. to run together as in the case of Adam & Dylan in the movie courageous )
  • Unless you have a value system that causes you to evaluate the impact of your action and decisions on your relationships!
circumstances vs values
Circumstances vs. Values
  • Negative circumstances and life’s challenges can cloud your judgment and prevent you from maintaining a positive outlook of faith in God and His Word/Promises, unless you have a value system that causes you to look at your glass as half full rather than half empty! …and ultimately reflect on your relationships.
opportunity cost values
Opportunity Cost & Values
  • In our day to day life, we always are confronted with the need to make a choice between two or more alternatives
  • Our values or value system is the key tool for identifying the alternative to forgo!
values systems movie
Values Systems & Movie
  • Absent Fathers (e.g. Nathan Hayes Father)
    • Kids 20x more likely to end up in prison
  • Not necessarily physically absent fathers, how about physically present fathers, but emotionally absent (e.g. Adam Mitchell in the beginning)
    • Daughter’s dance request denied (not important)
    • Son’s run request denied (too busy)
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RCCG The King’s PalaceFamily Life MinistryFocus of the Family

Tuesday, February 28 - 2012

MARRIAGE SEMINAR RECAP: KEY LEARNING POINTS

THE IMPORTANCE & POWER OF PARENTAL BLESSINGS

marriage seminar recap
Marriage Seminar Recap

Session 1: 4 Foundational Laws of Marriage

  • You have 100% chance of success in marriage if you do it God’s way!
  • You may love each other but if you violate the laws of marriage you set yourself up for failure
  • #1: Law of priority – leave & cleave
    • sacrifice, time, energy, attitude
  • #2: Law of pursuit
    • Don’t take each other for granted
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Marriage Seminar Recap

Session 1: 4 Foundational Laws of Marriage

  • #3: Law of possession
    • Share everything, avoid dominance & selfishness
    • Don’t make major decisions independent of your spouse’s inputs
  • #4: Law of purity
    • Be careful about everything you do…
    • Take responsibility for your mistakes
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Marriage Seminar Recap

Session 2:

  • Don’t ride your emotions in the marriage relationship
  • Romance is speaking love in your spouse’s language

Session 3:

  • We need relationship with God (individually & as a couple) for a healthy marriage
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Marriage Seminar Recap

Session 3:

  • The worst marriages is made up of two masters in love
  • The greatest marriages is made up of two servants in love
  • Foster “win-win” situations and environment
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Marriage Seminar Recap

Session 4:

  • Parenting is more caught than taught (regardless of what we say to our children, the video is constantly playing through our actions)
  • In-Laws – Honor them, but maintain emotional separation from them
  • Children – Love them; don’t follow them emotionally into their own marriage
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Marriage Seminar Recap

Session 5/6:

  • Deal with destructive behaviors = criticism, control & dominance, emotional check-out, cruelty & abuse, defensiveness
  • Don't be friends with individuals that do not take their marriage covenant seriously
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RCCG The King’s PalaceFamily Life MinistryFocus of the Family

THE IMPORTANCE & POWER OF PARENTAL BLESSINGS

what is blessing
What is Blessing?
  • Blessing - positive pronouncement or declaration over a person, situation, etc.
  • Blessings is the opposite of cursing (negative pronouncement / declaration)
  • A blessing is not one until it is spoken…
why is it important to bless your family
Why is it important to bless your family?
  • Proverbs 18:21 - Deathandlife are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
    • Death = Curse
    • Life = Blessing
    • They that love (understand and take advantage of its value )
    • shall eat (be blessed)
    • with its fruit (produce/product)
  • Proverbs 18:7 -A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. (KJV)
family values blessing
Family Values - Blessing
  • Develop the value system of blessing your family:
    • Consistently positive pronouncement over your spouse and children
    • Parents should pronounce blessing on your children daily as they step out of the house
summary
Summary
  • As parents we have an opportunity to shape or influence the direction and destiny of our children through bestowing of parental blessings
  • We have the power through parental authority and the power of the tongue
  • Others might say the same thing over your children and it will not “stick”, but when you say it God honors your words!
  • Value blessing your family members continually!
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Relationship can be classified into two groups, namely:

Healthy and Unhealthy relationship.

What is an unhealthy relationship?

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An unhealthy relationship is a relationship that is sick…

  • It is an unhappy relationship.
  • It is a relationship that is not sound.
  • It is a weak relationship.
  • It is an abnormal relationship

not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.

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What are the causes of unhealthy relationships?

Never admitting wrong doing (Saul)

Taking the other person for granted

Not being responsive to the feelings of the other person

Not spending time together

Always wanting to have your way

Always talking and not listening

Lack of trust

Lack of integrity

Lack of tolerance

Pride

Superiority complex

Lack of Christ

what are the consequences of unhealthy relationship
What are the consequences of unhealthy relationship?

Divorce

Bad behavior

Lack of communication

Repression of feelings and thoughts

Selfishness

Secrecy

Disobedience

Anger

Judgmental

Hatred

Abuse (verbal, emotional ,physical)

Unanswered prayers 1 peter3:7

Death

how do we improve our relationship
How do we improve our relationship?

Don’t be a mind reader

Say sorry

Don’t take the other person for granted

Be reasonable in the method of teaching (headship is not making all the decisions)

Be responsive to the feelings of the other party

Spend time together (there is something more than making a living, it is sharing lives)

Don’t be judgmental

Respect each other

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How do we improve our relationship?

Give gifts (not necessarily expensive)

Love each other (1peter 1:22b)

Talk and allow the other to talk also

Putting our knowledge into action (we like to learn new ways but refuse to put what we have learnt into action).

Live peaceably (it is the duty of a Christian not only to embrace peace when offered, but to seek and pursue it when it is denied).

Putting on the grace of God ( the longer we wear the grace of God, the brighter and better God’s grace is on our lives.

what is a healthy relationship
What is a Healthy Relationship?

A relationship that is one minded, compassionate, tenderhearted, courteous, full of love, life, good days, no evil, no deceit, a relationship that doeth good, is peaceful it is an answer to prayers.

Is this kind of relationship possible?

Yes…1 Peter 3:8-12

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How can we sustain a healthy relationship?

Have respect for each other not fear

Talk about your goals, challenges, etc.

Discuss successes and failures easily without fear or shame

Keep doing whatever works for your home, don’t compare your home with others

Pray together

financial freedom
Financial Freedom

Financial Literacy: Knowing What You Need To Know To Achieve Your Financial Goals.

Basic Finance Management is required to move the “Upward Way”

Don’t get entangled in the “21st Century Slavery Syndrome”

CREDIT FACILTIES

The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Psalm 115:14

Opportunity cost of a decision is the value of the next best alternative that must be forgone

Allows you to analyze the consequences of choices to decide which trade-offs to make

  • What is entailed in family finance?
  • Budget
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Child care
  • Managing risk, insurance
  • Create wills
  • Instill financial literacy
causes of financial stress
Causes of Financial Stress

WHAT ARE THE COMMON REASONS WHY PEOPLE OVERSPEND?

  • Individual financial behaviors
    • Emotions
    • Personality
    • Individual attitudes about money
    • Impulsive buying
    • Excessive materialism
    • Preoccupation with status or social image
  • Lack of financial understanding
    • No family budget
    • Where there is a budget, actual expenses not tracked for follow-up
    • Low understanding of investment options & strategy
    • The “Other People’s Money” syndrome. (Credit mentality – The ability to borrow, that allow you to buy things you can really afford to buy.SATAN Antics – “Live now and pay later.” (Master Deception)
consequences of financial stress
Consequences of financial stress

What are the consequences?

  • Unnecessary stress/strain through debt
  • Foreclosure
  • Sickness and Depression - May lead to Suicide
  • Premature death
  • Imprisonment due to funding of expensive lifestyle
  • Divorce
  • Murder
  • Stealing/Robbery
  • Illicit sex
  • Drugs (Usage and Trafficking)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

1 Peter 5:8

planning
Planning
  • What is planning?
  • Definition: a drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is made:
  • To formulate a scheme or program for the accomplishment, enactment, or attainment of: plan a campaign. ( plan of attack, course of action
  • To have as a specific aim or purpose; intend: plan to buy a house, pension plan
  • To draw or make a graphic representation of a design, structure, configurations etc.
  • Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.(Lakein, Alan- American Time Management Expert Author Trainer)
  • You win not by chance, but by preparation.(Maris, Roger 1934-1985 American Baseball Player)
budgeting
Budgeting
  • What is budgeting?
  • Your budget is the heart of your personal finance life. Effective budgeting starts with understanding how you spend your money and evaluating your current spending habits. (Goals and Objectives)
  • Having a written budget is essential to getting your finances under control. If you do not have a written budget it is hard to know if you are living within your means and saving enough money for your long term goals.
  • Budgeting Tips
  • Budgets are a necessary evil.
  • Creating a budget generally requires three steps.
    • Identify how you're spending money now.
    • Evaluate your current spending and set goals that take into account your long-term financial objectives.
    • Track your spending to make sure it stays within those guidelines.
saving
Saving
  • What is saving?
  • Preservation or redemption – The activity of protecting something from loss or danger.Self-preservation - preservation of yourself from harm; a natural or instinctive tendency
  • Conservation - Economy or avoidance of waste The preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources. Avoidance of excess expenditure; economy.
  • Reduction in cost or expenditure e.g. a saving of 20cent.
  • Anything saved (Plural) money saved for future use. Reservation - the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion
quick tips
Quick Tips
  • Have regular discussions about money
    • communication about money is always a good defense against cost and unforeseen expenses.
    • Set up a regularly scheduled family financial meeting with your spouse to plan, discuss spending and review your goals.
    • Having a healthy discussion about money and working together will improve your marriage and your saving account balance.
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Quick Tips
  • Control spending
    • Very good defensive strategies -
    • Every good budget will have common categories of entertainment, food, transportation, etc.  Your job?  Go download the spending guidelines from internet and compare to what you’re spending. - See Typical Example
  • Useful Links

http://www.mymoney.gov/myresources.html

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi4268949529/- Confessions of a Shopaholic Trailer (Confessions of a Shopaholic: Trailer #1)

topic
Topic

Teaching Children About Money Management

(Like Father, Like Son ;

Like Mother, Like Daughter)

Texts

Text #1 – Luke 15: 11 – 24

Text #2 – Proverbs 22:6

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Text #2 – Proverbs 22:6

6 Train up a child in the way he should go:

and when he is old, he will not depart from it (KJV)

what is the right age to teach children about money
What is the right age to teach children about money?
  • No specific timeline
  • From the day they learn numbers and counting

For Children:

  • Meet them where they are to get into their world

(goofing around in backyard…dressing baby dolls)

For Teens:

  • By example – most effective
  • Restraint with purchases
tips about money
Tips about money
  • It’s not more or little money; it’s about living within one’sfinancial means
  • Treat money as money should be treated, be good to it and take care of it
  • Always be aware of where your money is going
  • Never buy what you can’t pay for
  • No matter how much you make, put away a percentage of it for an emergency
what happens when we don t teach or train about money
What happens when we don’t teach or train about money?

According to our text:

  • They will misemploy their thoughts and the power of their souls
  • They will misspend their fortune and time
  • They will miss the opportunity to learn, understand and know what money means
  • They will be poor and be in want
  • They will keep coming back to us
  • They will always be full of envy and jealousy
q3 focus on the family purpose potential
Q3 Focus on The Family Purpose & Potential

The Purpose Driven Family

Potential & Divine Purpose

Understanding Your God Given Potential

Releasing Your Potential (Part 1)

Releasing Your Potential (Part 2)

Maximizing your Potential & Fulfilling God’s Purpose

  • Understanding Divine Purpose
  • Finding God’s Purpose for your Life & Family
  • Benefits & Keys to Fulfilling God’s Purpose
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Focus on the Family Topics: The Purpose Driven Family Part 1 – Understanding Purpose

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Jeremiah 29:11

Psalm 139:13-16

texts keywords summary
Texts keywords summary
  • Psalm 139:13-16: Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them
  • God has a written plan he wants you to execute (walk in)
  • There are things written concerning you & I
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Texts keywords summary
  • These point to specificity of our assignment(s)
  • They point to pre-ordained/selected assignment that the Lord wants you to complete/fulfill (in another word, PURPOSE)
    • Pen (Simple/Cheap) vs. Microphone (Complicated Electronics/Expensive)!
    • Your purpose may be simple, or seemingly lower in value in your estimation than others’…but it is unique and important; no one else can fulfill your purpose…your purpose compliments others’
the role of the family in purpose
The role of the family in purpose?
  • If God has a purpose for each person, then ultimately there is an important role the family setting is appointed to play to ensure their accomplishment
  • E.g. a lack of understanding of God’s purpose for your child may cause you to align them with your own purpose not God’s purpose for them, or comparing them with others’ children!
what is purpose
What is purpose?
  • From our text and discussions we see that purpose is
    • The original intention for creating a thing
    • The end for which a means (capability, strength, ability, skill set, drive, etc.) exists
    • The need for which a manufacturer creates a product
    • The destination that prompts a journey
    • The expectation of source or creator
what how
What & How…
  • There are two elements to the fulfillment of your purpose or to facilitate that of your family members
  • WHAT: What are my meant/designed to accomplish on earth?
  • HOW: How can I get it done (know how)?
  • Until purpose is discovered (what) and pursued (how), existence has little meaning!
why is purpose that important
Why is purpose that important?
  • In the absence of purpose, time has no meaning, energy has no reason, and life has no precision!
  • Without purpose, life is a trial and error game
  • Without purpose life is ruled by environmental influences and circumstances of the moment
  • You and I are the product of purposeful creation, i.e. God had something in mind when He created you & I
  • Awareness of purpose guides our decision making process and drives our choices!
design and purpose
Design and purpose
  • Your existence is a proof that this generation needs something that your life contains
  • God has imbued in you certain characteristics to enable you to accomplish your purpose
  • Your child’s generation needs something that their life carries!
  • …it is part of your responsibilities as a parent to facilitate the realization/accomplishment
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Focus on The Family Topics: The Purpose Driven Family Part 2 Discovering God’s purpose for your life & family

to start with
To start with…
  • Achieving/completing purpose is largely dependent on you...it does not happen as a by product of life...
  • You are responsible for the intentional discovery & pursuit of divine purpose,
  • Discovery of purpose develops a heightened sensitivity to the shortness of time…
  • It will completely change your perspective of things and time…
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Text Review: Consciousness of Purpose
  • This is what happens when you discover purpose, you become conscious that you are short on time to complete all that is in you heart…Jesus Said:

John 9:4

    • I mustwork the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
  • Consciousness of Purpose = Consciousness of Time
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Discovering Divine Purpose#1: Express Revelation
  • By an express revelation given by God on what He will have you do (Abraham’s example)…
  • Genesis 22:1-2:
    • Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
discovering divine purpose 2 seeking insight revelation
Discovering Divine Purpose #2: Seeking Insight & Revelation
  • By you being on a conscious/spirited search for divine revelation of your purpose (Habakkuk’s example)
  • Habakkuk 2:1-3 KJV
    • I willstand upon my watch, andset me upon the tower, and will watchto see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
discovering divine purpose trading of your gift s
Discovering Divine Purpose Trading of Your Gift(s)
  • By trading your gift(s)

(Example of Joseph & Daniel)

  • The were gifted in understanding and interpretation of dreams…and they became leaders in their time by trading that gift
but don t focus on the gift but the door it opens to make a difference
BUT!Don’t Focus on the Gift…But the Door it Opens to Make a Difference!
  • Proverbs 18:16 (NKJV)A man’s giftmakes room for him, and brings him before great men.
    • Your focus should not be the gift in itself… but on the room (OPEN DOOR) that the gift provides…
    • The intent is to bring you before(GRANT YOU ACCESS TO A PLACE OR PERSON) you ordinarily would not have had access to…
the ultimate purpose of joseph s gift
The ultimate purpose of Joseph’s gift
  • Use of Gift
    • Interpretation of dream in prison (where he found himself!)
  • Open Door
    • Meet the king
    • Interpret the king’s dream
  • Ultimately Purpose
    • Delivery & preservation of a whole nation & his family from famine!
discovering divine purpose pursuit of passion
Discovering Divine Purpose Pursuit of Passion
  • By pursuing your passion relentlessly (Nehemiah’s Example)
  • He did not receive a revelation (expressly or by searching)
  • Nor was he spoken of as being gifted in any special way
  • He just followed what made him weep and desired to change...
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Discovering Divine Purpose Pursuit of Passion
  • What would you rather see changed and it hurts you to observe the way it is?
    • What social condition engages your concern/passion?
    • What gets you burdened and moves you possibly to the point of tears?
    • It could be a clue to your assignment!
discovering a family s purpose
Discovering a Family’s Purpose
  • Encourage your family members to seek the face of God on His purpose for their lives
  • Teach your children that:
    • Achieving/completing your divine purpose is largely dependent on them…
    • It does not happen as a by product of life!
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Discovering a Family’s Purpose
  • Remind yourself & teach your children that:
    • The discovery of your purpose and it's relation to God's eternal purpose must be the basis from which you live…
    • You must strive to be who you were born to be!
    • Knowing your purpose enables you to discover and value the capabilities, strengths and particular components that the creator has imbued you with to enable you accomplish the purpose
benefits of pursuit of purpose
Benefits of Pursuit of Purpose
  • Purpose empowers perseverance to go through seemingly desperate or hopeless situations
  • Gen 37:6-9 = Joseph’s dream produced purpose…he was therefore able to maintain his sanity and persevered through enslavement & imprisonment (those are difficult situations!)
  • He must have reminded himself of his dream on a regular basis to stay hopeful
  • Purpose allows you to maintain objectivity and creates a hopeful attitude
  • It enables a view of life that looks beyond the apparent
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Benefits of Pursuit of Purpose

2. Purpose produces confidence in God

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

  • 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6 (NCV)

  • 6 God began doing a good work in you, andI am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.
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Benefits of Pursuit of Purpose

3. Purpose enables contentment

  • Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
  • 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
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Benefits of Pursuit of Purpose

4. Purpose promotes joyfulness in the midst of challenges associated with its pursuit

  • Acts 16:25 (KJV)
  • 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
  • Many will gladly and excitedly praise God when things are going their way…watch the same people when they are faced with challenges…that is when you know if they are living a life fired by purpose or they are fair weather Christians
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Benefits of Pursuit of Purpose

5. Purpose empowers the Holy Spirit’s intercession

  • Romans 8:26-28 (KJV)
  • 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
  • 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
  • 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
keys to fulfillment of purpose
Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose
  • Depend solely on the grace of God
  • If it is God's assignment, it will take the grace of God to accomplish it
  • John 15:5 (KJV)I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for withoutmeyecandonothing.
  • Don’t focus/trust in your own strength/understanding as it were…
    • 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

2. Work the vision out!

  • Proverbs 6:6-11 (NKJV)
  • Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep—11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.
  • Don't be lazy/sluggard/slothful with it!...redouble your effort...it will take all you've got and nothing less!
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

3. Go in search of relevant information (know how)

  • Ecclesiastes 10:15 (KJV)
  • 15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
  • Proverbs 24:30-31 (KJV)
  • 30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
  • Knowing how in many cases is a major missing link!
  • Note that the man lacking relevant information has the same result as the lazy man!
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

4. Be Disciplined!

  • Joseph’s Example…Genesis 39:9 (KJV)
  • 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
  • No wonder he fulfilled his purpose!
    • Don’t be disciplined because someone is watching…be disciplined because God is always watching!
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

5. Be Focused!

  • Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
  • Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
  • …for this cause came I into the world (our Lord Jesus)
  • Focus is necessary for success...
  • Chasing Two Rats = 0!
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

6. Watch your character!

What is character?

  • Character is who you are when nobody is watching
  • Character is not what you want people to think you are, it is who you are!
  • Many have an enviable destiny, but lack character...
  • Talent will take you up, but you need character to stay there!
  • Watch your character, it will determine your destiny!
  • The example of Samson...pride, disobedience to parents, etc.
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

7.Don't compare yourself with anyone else...run your own race!

  • For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV)
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

8. Don't commend yourself or rest on your oars!

  • Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that (PURPOSE) for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV)
  • The question is - How far The Lord asked you to run?
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

9.Manage your company/association wisely

“friendship is not by force, it is by choice” – Pastor Badru

  • Psalm 1: 1-6
    • 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

10. Be open to correction

  • Find a mentor (someone that has gone where God has asked you to go successfully)
  • If not, you will make a lot of preventable mistakes, that could potentially derail you
  • Or you will largely have the same result as the lazy man, because you are void of understanding (Proverbs 24:30)!
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Keys to Fulfillment of Purpose

11. Make the most of your time

  • Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV)
  • To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
  • There is a window of time for the successful pursuit of specific purposes…if you miss your timing, you may as well have missed your purpose!
  • Recommended reading:
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Summary & Next Teaching
  • Purpose determines nature, potential and capabilities!

"Purpose Produces Design, and Design Predicts Potential" - Myles Munroe

  •  If I’m going to create something that will fly, I must first decide that the object’s purpose is to fly. Then I have to determine what function and design will allow the object to accomplish that expectation. In other words, I will put into the kite, the helicopter or the airplane the ability to do what I am asking it to do. My design will include whatever is needed for the object to fly. Because I intended for the object to fly and I built into it the ability to fly, the object can fly.
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Summary & Next Teaching
  • Therefore, whatever you were born to do, whatever God purposed for your life, you are equipped with all the ability, talents, gifts, capacities and potential you need to fulfill it.
  • You can do all things (purpose) through Christ, who supplies the ability (potential).
  • We will begin a study on the subject of potential in August:
    • Part 1: Understanding Your God Given Potential (Next Week)Part 2: Taking Advantage of the Power of Potential (August 21)Part 3: Maximizing your Purpose & Potential (August 28)
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Focus on The Family Topic: Potential & Divine Purpose Part 1 Understanding Your God Given Potential

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What is Potential?
  • Potential is:
    • dormant ability
    • reserved power
    • untapped/unused strength
    • hidden talents
    • capped capability
    • all you can be but have not yet become
    • all you can do but have not yet done
    • how far you can reach but have not yet reached
    • what you can accomplish but have not yet accomplished
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The Potential Principle
  • Potential is unexposed ability and latent power!
  • What I see when I look at you is not all you are. It is only what you have become so far.
  • Your potential is much greater than what you are right now.
  • What you can become is much more than we could ever believe now.
  • We have a high degree of potential because we came out of God, and He leaked some of Himself into you (He is Omnipotent).
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The Potential Principle – Genesis 1!
  • When God was going to make trees, he spoke to the earth, so the potential of the tree is defined by the capabilities of the soil/earth
    • 11 Then God said, “Let theearthbring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the treethat yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind.
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The Potential Principle – Genesis 1!
  • When God was going to make fish, he spoke to the ocean, so the potential of the fish is defined by the capabilities of the ocean
    • 20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures…21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind…22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas...”
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The Potential Principle – Genesis 1!
  • When God was going to make man, he spoke to Himself!, so the potential of man is defined by the capabilities of the God.
    • 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
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The Potential Principle – Genesis 1!
  • The point here is that potential is tied to source.
  • Our source (man/woman) is God Himself, so there is a tremendous level of grace we have that we are yet to tap into.
  • No wonder scientist say only a very small % of our brain/mind/ability is ever used!
  • We must recognize this and tell ourselves (and our children) that regardless of what you have done, there is yet more you are capable of!
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Potential
  • Potential is therefore not what you have done, but what you are yet able to do.
  • Potential demands that you never settle for what you have accomplished.
  • Potential is not what you have done compared to what others have done, but what you have done compared to what you were supposed to do!
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Purpose vs. Potential
  • It’s comforting to know that whenever God gives me a task, He has already placed at my disposal all the resources of heaven, because I came from Him.
  • I am not left to my own devices to accomplish that task, I have in me part of God as my source to enable me to accomplish the task!
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What is this?
  • If I held acorn in my hand and asked you, “What do I have in my hand?” what would you say?
  • Perhaps you would answer what seems to be the obvious…A SEED!
  • However, if you understand the nature of a seed, your answer would be a fact but not the truth...it’s A FOREST I am holding!
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The Seed of Potential
  • In essence, what you see is not all there is.
  • Every human being as that seed has tremendous potential beyond what meets the eye…because of the seed of God in us! 
  • Potential is not what is, but what could be! 
  • No man can climb beyond the limitations of his own belief!
  • Don’t look at where you are or where your child is…look at what is possible!
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Unused Batteries!
  • Majority never explore the gifts, abilities, and successes that lay hidden within them.
  • Their thoughts, ideas, and possibilities are not used. They fail to realize the vast potential that is stored within them.
  • They are like batteries in a car that is never driven – its potential is wasted!
  • It ultimately dies for lack of use!
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What do you see?
  • Most of us have no idea how much “goods” / talent / potential we possess!
  • What others see or say is not important!
  • who we are depends on what we see!
  • Encourage your spouse and teach your children to look beyond the visible (the present)…like that see…and learn to envision the forest!
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Summary
  • Understand that the key to your potential is that Christ lives in you…
    • 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which[a] is Christ in you, the hope of glory.(Colossians 1:27).
  • You will never know the wealth God planted in you until you bring it up.
  • There’s always something in you that we haven’t yet seen because that’s the way God thinks.
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Summary
  • When man puts a limit on what he can be, he has put a limit on what he will be!
  • We are responsible for the potential stored within us.
  • We must learn to understand it and effectively use it
  • What have you done with your assigned “goods” - talent, potential, grace, ability God given strengths????
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Summary
  • The owner will one day ask you to give account!
  • Remember that you are a steward!
  • As parent, your children are under your stewardship for a season…they don’t belong to you…you will give account of what you did with them!
  • I pray we will not be like the “wicked” servant!
  • Your potential is limited only by God, not by others or what they think of you!
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Focus on The Family Topic: Potential & Divine Purpose Part 2Releasing Your God Given Potential Part 1

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Questions
  • Who am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • How much potential do I have?
  • What am I capable of doing?
  • By what criteria should I measure my ability?
  • Who sets the standards?
  • By what process can I maximize my ability?
  • What are my limitations?
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Text: Genesis 13: 14-15 (NLT)
  • 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession.
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Lessons from our text…
  • #1. Separate yourself to hear God clearly…
    • 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession.
  • From what do we need to separate ourselves?
    • Sin…it clogs/blocks up your access to God
      • Proverbs 14:34Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
    • The lies of the devil about who you are (John 10:10)
      • 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…
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Lessons from our text…
  • #2. Understanding potential starts with a vision of what is possible!
    • 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession.
  • You must go beyond looking to seeing!
  • Envision (see) the future God has laid in your heart with the eyes of your spirit man
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Lessons from our text…
  • #3. Don’t limit your vision!
    • 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession.
  • Look in every direction…
  • Don’t limit to north & south…look at east and west as well!
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Lessons from our text…

#4a. Only the owner of something can give it out

    • 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am givingall this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession.
  • God is the owner of the idea (Psalm 24:1)
    • The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

#4b. That vision in your heart (for good) was planted by God!

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Lessons from our text…

#5. The extent to which you can see, sets the limit for your all (things/level you can be accomplish)

    • 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession.
  • That is, how far you go/accomplish in life is determined by how much you see…you must continually stretch your vision!
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Don’t limit yourself…stretch your vision…dream big!
  • Isaiah 54:2“Enlargetheplaceofyourtent, And let them stretch out the curtains ofyour dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.
  • Do not spare (i.e. don’t be conservative)
  • The reason you are being “humble” about that idea is that you don’t believe you can reach as far!
  • Lengthen your cords = stretch your thought!
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Lessons from our text…

#6. The blessing of God is generational

    • 14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession.
  • When you look at institutions built on these principles, they last for generations
  • They are not temporal!
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#1:Be conscious of who you are!
  • If you could truly see (envision) through your eyes of faith what/who you were created to be, you’d change your life.
  • I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High (Psalm 82:6)
  • We have the DNA of almighty God and the wisdom, capabilities, and creativity that goes with it!
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#1:Be conscious of who you are!
  • Many people die without unveiling their wealth of wisdom…without experiencing the richness of the life that dwells within…what a pity!
  • Many allow past experiences to limit their vision, aspiration and the desire to reach beyond where they are today…
  • Always remind yourself of the mice & cheese experiment…
  • The glass barrier has been removed at new birth!
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#2: Be a Thinker
  • Proverbs 16:9 (KJV)
    • A man's heartdeviseth his way: but the Lorddirecteth his steps.
  • Proverbs 16:9 (Amplified)
    • A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.
  • The purpose for which God gave you your mind is to device your way
  • You device your way through creative thinking
  • While you are praying also be thinking!
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#2: Be a Thinker
  • Every thing you see physically today was sometime in somebody's mind! 
  • The mind of man is the workshop for creativity
  • Your mind is the birthplace of wisdom!
  • What you show on the outside is the product of what is going on in your inside!
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#2: Be a Thinker
  • It is your head that puts you ahead!
  • Proverbs 11:29 (Amplified)
    • He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart (mind).
  • The cheapest way to terminate servitude is to put your mind to work!
  • You cannot become a head until you put your head to work!
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#2: Be a Thinker
  • Stop waiting and start thinking!
  • As long as the prodigal son waited, his state did not change, but when he started to think he was transformed.
  • If you wait you waist!
  • Thinking connects you to three different spheres:
    • Heaven
    • Yourself
    • People/situations around you
  • Ideas, innovation, creativity comes to us via one or more of these avenues… 
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#2: Be a Thinker

Heaven

  • You’re looking for inspiration from above..
  • Job 32:8But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding (discoveries).
  • You have an advantage of the Holy Spirit's inspiration as a believer...
  • Proverbs 25:2
  • 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honourof kings is to search out a matter
  • You connect with inspiration through searching (thinking)
  • Search = inspiration = discoveries = honor!
  • Your honor in life is tied to the level & quality of your search!
  • Search = ASK/SEEK/READ/STUDY…You must be a tireless reader!
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#2: Be a Thinker

Yourself

  • Deep thinking (not same as worrying!)
  • David thought to himself…The God who delivered me from the lion and the bear…He will deliver me from this Goliath…he became so energized from the thought that he was able to move towards the opposition/giant (threat of death)
  • The prodigal son had resigned himself to being less than pigs (because the pigs had to eat before him), he then thought to himself…in my fathers house, even servants condition is better than what I am in…he rose up and told his boss “I QUIT”
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Luke 15:16-20 (NKJV)
  • 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
  • 17 “But when he came to himself, he said (thought), ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’
  • 20 “Andhe arose and came to his father…
  • You may never arise and move in the direction of purpose and victory if you are not a thinker!
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#2: Be a Thinker

Your Surrounding (in people and things around you)

  • Look at what is working around you, and ask yourself thoughtful questions!
  • There is nothing new under the sun!
  • Ecclesiastes 1:9
    • 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
  • There are lots of lessons to learn around us by making thoughtful observation
    • Go to the ant…
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Proverbs 6-6-8
  • 6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; considerher ways, and be wise:
  • 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
  • 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
    • Consider…think about…evaluate…
    • The way of the ant (a creature you see around you everyday…even trample under your feet…seemingly insignificant)
  • If you’ll learn from your surroundings (the ant) you will receive wisdom to move forward in life!
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#3: Develop the ability to recognize the value of seemingly small resources
  • Luke 16:10
  • 10 He that is faithful in that (resources) which is least (small) is faithful also in much (big): and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
    • Don't wait for the big, make the most of every resource & opportunity that God has given you...tangible and intangible
  • Question: What are some examples of tangible & intangible resources?
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Examples of Resources

Tangible

Intangible

Education

Ideas

Wisdom

Knowledge

Time

What you place into your 24 golden cart every day, will determine how fast you move towards accomplishing the purpose of God for your life

Relationships

  • Money
  • People
  • Building
  • Land
  • Certificate 
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#3: Develop the ability to recognize the value of seemingly small resources
  • Look beyond the immediate...see the possible!
  • God specializes in turning small to great!
    • Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. (Job 8:7 KJV) 
    • The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:9 KJV)
  • Remind yourself always as you look at that small task, ability, assignment, etc, that the potential of a seed is a forest
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#4: Appreciate who/how God has made you to be/look
  • Ever since that day man fell in the garden of Eden, we have become professional “cover-ups.”
  • Most people don’t like themselves!
  • E.g. They don’t like their physical bodies.
  • Though they don’t say it aloud, many are subconsciously saying
    • I don’t like how skinny I am…how fat I am…how my hair grows…how my eyes are…how my lips are…
    • I don’t like my black, brown, red, yellow, or white skin
  • So they try to cover up what they don’t like!
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#4: Appreciate who/how God has made you to be/look
  • It is strange how hard some people work on being different from who they are!  
    • If their hair is curly, they straighten it!
    • If their skin is pale, they get a tan!
    • if their skin is dark they bleach it!
  • They have become professional “cover-ups.”
  • Question:
    • What does the scripture say in this respect?
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Answer!...we are marvelously made!

Psalm 139:14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

  • You can only praise (appreciate) God for who you are if you understand how wonderful and marvelous you are!
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#4: Appreciate who/how God has made you to be/look
  • The attitude of self depreciation is from the devil!
  • We can’t just be ourselves because satan has destroyed our appreciation of what God made.
  • Many have accepted satan’s ploy to destroy their esteem for the beautiful creation God made them to be!
  • Their potential has therefore been distorted by the lies of satan!
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#4: Appreciate who/how God has made you to be/look
  • We must resist every urge to be different from the wonderful personality God had made us to be.
  • Satan came to distort and steal our self image; Jesus came to bring us abundant, refreshing new life.
  • John 10:10
    • 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
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#5: Lay hold of quality instruction
  • You must accept responsibility for your life and growth!
    • You walk by common sense
    • You run by principles
    • You fly by instruction 
  • If your life must go in the direction of God’s purpose, you must learn to be like pilots
  • They don’t fly on common sense or principles, they fly by instructions!
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#5: Lay hold of quality instruction
  • The greatest source of instruction is God’s word!
  • Give attention to the word of God...
  • It is the #1 source of instructions for a child of God and reception of our inheritance…
  • Acts 20:32 KJV
    • And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
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#5: Lay hold of quality instruction
  • Identify and be a reader of inspired materials.
  • You must be a tireless reader to lay hold on quality instructions!
  • Dedicated readership of inspired materials results in a transference of the spirit of the author to your spirit...
  • You find that without effort you begin to think and talk like the author...the spirit behind their words on the page comes alive in you...that is why you must be careful what you read!...there is a spirit on those pages! 
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#5: Lay hold of quality instruction
  • And He said to me, Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you. Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me. (Ezekiel 2:1, 2 NKJV)
  • The quality of your input determines the quality of your outputs...Knowledge has rewards...
  • Proverbs 24: 13-14
  • 13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
  • 14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
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#6: Design your life and live intentionally
  • Don't just do things because they require doing…do them with a goal in mind!
  • Being clear in your mind why you do what you do enables you to be calculating in your approach to life & time management!
  • Luke 14:28-30 KJV:
  • For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
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#6: Design your life and live intentionally
  • The use of the word "tower" is not accidental, Jesus could have said a house...tower is used to indicate a structure of importance, significant value and purpose!
  • Don't just hope life will present you with opportunities to do what you want to do! 
  • The point is that achieving a result of significant value (a tower) requires intention! 
  • Being intentional = doing something on purpose = being willful or deliberate
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#6: Design your life and live intentionally
  • You don’t build towers without a design!
  • You have to design your life!
  • Can you truly say that where you are today is where you designed/intended to be 10, 15 years ago?
  • If not, I submit to you that your life is an accident its not intentional! 
  • You are not designing your tower!
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#6: Design your life and live intentionally
  • That is why I pity those who say all the time “that individual was just lucky”
  • What happened to your own luck?
  • You are not going anywhere, just sitting down and waiting for God to do everything for you!
  • You must be intentional and begin to put pen to paper regarding the life you want to build!
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#6: Design your life and live intentionally
  • The burden to make the choices on what we will or will not do, rests squarely on our shoulders...we cannot transfer the responsibility to God!
  • It is important that we make decisions that takes us in the direction of God purpose...the decision must be intentional...not haphazard!
  • There must be deliberate/intentional choices you're taking to arrive at your place in destiny!
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#7: Don't bow down to fear!
  • When taking a decision in the direction of releasing your potential and fulfilling purpose, you may feel fear, but don't bow down to fit!
  • Fear is a spirit:
    • For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV) 
  • When you feel fear recognize that the enemy is out to steal your blessing!
    • For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. (Job 3:25 KJV)
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#7: Don't bow down to fear!
  • Negate the feeling of fear with God's word for the situation
  • Be confident…
    • Confident not in your own strength or ability, but in who you are able to be by the grace of God 
    • You are the righteousness of God in Christ!
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#8: Stir up the gift of God in you!
  • Don’t neglect your gifts…
    • Neglect not the gift that is in thee (1 Timothy 4:14 KJV)
    • Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands (2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV) 
  • The key to stirring up your gift is to use it at every opportunity!
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#8: Stir up the gift of God in you!
  • Your ability needs responsibility to expose its possibilities
  • "Do what you can with what you have where you are" - Theodore Roosevelt
  • Miracles happen when we give our potential some responsibility
  • Don’t waste your gift, give it some responsibility
  • DEMAND SOMETHING OF YOUR POTENTIAL!
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#8: Stir up the gift of God in you!
  • Potential must be exercised to be fulfilled!
  • Demands must be made on potential if it is to be released and fulfilled.
  • God has given you potential. Unless you make demands on it, you will die with it. Unless you venture to try things you’ve never done before, you’ll never experience the wealth that lives within you!
  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY…Don't be paralyzed by the potential of failure, that you fail to try!
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#8: Stir up the gift of God in you!
  • One good thing about failure is that it is proof that at least you tried!
  • The greatest mistake you can make is to be afraid of making a mistake.
  • People who do nothing in life are usually people who do nothing!
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#8: Stir up the gift of God in you!
  • People who don’t make mistakes in life are usually people who didn’t have a chance to make any because they never tried.
  • Challenge your potential!
  • It is better to attempt a thing and fail, than to never try and not know if you could have succeeded!
9 contend with every opposition in faith
#9: Contend with every opposition in faith!
  • There is a contention against your possession...
  • You can't afford to sit down and expect to win in the race of life!
    • And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12 KJV) 
  • Faith is confidence in God!
  • “Faith is not cheap talk, it is hard work" - Bishop Oyedepo
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#9: Contend with every opposition in faith!
  • You must contend with the every opposition in faith if you want to fulfill your divine purpose and reach your destination!
    • Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. (Deuteronomy 2:24 KJV) 
  • You must be resolute and not give up!
10 understand the law of cause effect
#10: Understand the law of cause & effect
  • Understand that things don't just happen!
  • To every effect there is a cause! 
  • You are not where you are today by accident...
    • something you did yesterday...some decisions you took yesterday is the cause of the results/effects you have today!
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#10: Understand the law of cause & effect
  • The outcome (effect) you will have tomorrow, you are already putting the cause in place today...knowingly or unknowingly! 
  • You will be the same person five years from now but for the books you read, the people you meet, and the decision you make!
11 re evaluate your time management and realign your time applications
#11: Re-evaluate your time management and realign your time applications
  • Time as we have said is one of our most valuable intangible resources
  • You can't waste time and yet be able to release your potential or fulfill your purpose!
  • God gave us all 24 golden cards to play every day, how you play your card will determine how fast you move towards your next city of accomplishment! 
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#11: Re-evaluate your time management and realign your time applications
  • To start with you must plan each day...
  • If you can plan a day, you can plan your life, because that is all your life is...today!
  • That is why today is very important, you can't afford to waste it! Each day you waste sets you back from the fulfillment of God’s purpose
  • You should have a goal each day you wake up…what you want to achieve…when during that day you want to achieve each item.
  • Time Management = Life Management!
12 develop an understanding of subject of times seasons
#12: Develop an understanding of subject of times & seasons
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1
    • To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
  • Pay attention to prophesies in the scriptures and watch out for what God is saying to you personally per time!
  • Consciousness of seasons will cause you to align yourself with what God is gracing for the hour, and you get the wind of His grace behind you to move faster than you would have if the season was different 
  • Pay attention to biblical prophesies and indication of your seasons!
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Focus on The Family Topic: Potential & Divine Purpose Maximizing your Potential & Fulfilling God’s Purpose

1 remain attached to your source creator
(1) REMAIN ATTACHED TO YOUR SOURCE (CREATOR)
  • Nothing can live without being attached to its source!
  • Jesus is the true vine. You are a branch. If you remain in Christ and Christ in you, you will bear abundant fruit.
  • If you do not remain in Christ, you are like a branch that withers and is thrown away.
  • No branch can bear fruit if it is not attached. It starts going in the opposite direction.
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(1) REMAIN ATTACHED TO YOUR SOURCE (CREATOR)
  • No matter how talented or gifted you are, you will never be truly fulfilled and successful apart from a personal relationship with your Creator-Source.
  • God will provide from the depths of His grace…freely, abundantly, victoriously.
  • You don’t have to hustle!
2 pay close attention to divine instruction god s word
(2) PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DIVINE INSTRUCTION (GOD's WORD)
  • If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you (John 15:7).
  • This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)
    • Remember: we walk by common sense; we run by principles; we fly by instruction
2 pay close attention to divine instruction god s word1
(2) PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DIVINE INSTRUCTION (GOD's WORD)
  • It's the spirit of God that reveals our capability to us, and it's done primarily through God's word!
  •  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us (1 Corinthians 2:12).
3 accept discipline pruning
(3) ACCEPT DISCIPLINE (PRUNING)
  • I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:1, 2 NKJV)
  • God wants you to fulfill your potential, but in addition to remaining attached to the Vine, you must be submitted to the discipline (pruning) of the Gardener (vinedresser) to know the fullness of God’s blessings.
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(3) ACCEPT DISCIPLINE (PRUNING)
  • God comes into your life with pruning shearers to free you from your disobedience and rebellion.
  •  He comes to take out those things that are stopping you from developing, growing and obeying.
  •  Imagine how different your life might have been if you had not wasted months or years on a particular habit/attitude?
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(3) ACCEPT DISCIPLINE (PRUNING)
  • Anything that is contrary to the Word of God is subject to God’s pruning.
  • God comes into your life to help you clean up your act!
  • Bearing a pruning shear, God trims the useless and dead wood from your life so you can draw from Him the fresh fullness of your potential.
  • Accept discipline and make necessary changes!
4 commit yourself to the idea vision assignment
(4) COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE IDEA/VISION/ASSIGNMENT!
  • Jesus said in Mark 11: 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
  • The word desire is the key!
  • Being interested in or attracted to something is not desiring it!
  • To desire means “to crave for something at the expense of losing everything.”
4 commit yourself to the idea vision assignment1
(4) COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE IDEA/VISION/ASSIGNMENT!
  • God isn’t impressed by your dreams. Most of us never wake up long enough to do anything with our dreams. You may have great dreams for your life, but you prefer to stay asleep (dream state) because when you wake up reality says, “Okay, let’s get to work.”
  • It’s easier to dream an idea than to work it out! Everything is possible if you will abandon yourself to an idea enough that you are willing to lose your life for it.
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(4) COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE IDEA/VISION/ASSIGNMENT!
  • Thinking is great. But all things are possible only when we believe & commit ourselves to a vision!
  • Too often we are not willing to believe God and commit ourselves whole heartedly to an idea/assignment!
  • Things don’t become reality because we have an idea!
  • We have to believe in the idea, and believe we can do it under God’s grace.
  • We show we believe by committing &abandoning ourselves to the vision!
5 take the word impossible out of your dictionary
(5) TAKE THE WORD IMPOSSIBLE OUT OF YOUR DICTIONARY
  • THERE IS NOTHING NAMED CAN’T
  • The people who change the world are people who have taken impossible out of their dictionaries!
  • They are those who come against the odds and tell the odds that it’s impossible for the odds to stop them.
  • IF YOU CAN THINK IT, YOU CAN DO IT!
6 desire is proof ability grace
(6) DESIRE IS PROOF ABILITY & GRACE
  • A creator will not call forth from his creation something he did not put into it.
  • RECOGNIZE THAT GOD WILL NOT MAKE A DEMAND OF YOU BY PUTTING THE DESIRE TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK HE HAS NOT ALREADY GIVEN YOU THE ABILITY TO ACCOMPLISH
  • Whenever God demands something of you, don’t ask whether you can do it.
7 develop your skills continually
(7) DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS CONTINUALLY
  • Information is the fuel of every vision!
  • The only substitute for information is deformation!
  • You need the appropriate level of skill to manage your tasks efficiently…and it comes from being adequately informed in your area of assignment.
  • Psalm 78:72…So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
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(7) DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS CONTINUALLY
  • There is no spiritual substitute for skill!
  • There is no prayer or fasting substitute for skill!
  • Can you pray and get into the cockpit of an airplane and expect to be able to fly it???
  • Be willing to pay the price to develop your skill set in the area of your assignment.
8 go the extra mile
(8) GO THE EXTRA MILE
  • It is the quality of your labor that determines the quality of your future!
  • A lazy man has no future…no matter the degree of his dream!
  • Go the extra mile if it so demands to fulfill your purpose
  • Make necessary sacrifice to accomplish the task
  • Paul said he labors more than them all!...no wonder he wrote more than half of the new testament!
  • Ordinary effort produces ordinary results, extra ordinary results can only be a result of extraordinary inputs
9 be courageous
(9) BE COURAGEOUS
  • God gave a young man (Joshua) an assignment, and he became scared because the assignment was very big. He didn’t know if he could handle it.
  • What did God say to him?
  • Joshua 1:6…6 Be strong and of a good courage…
  • Moses said the same thing! (Deut 31:7)
  • Fear is necessary for courage to exist!
  • So use fear to exercise your courage.
10 guard your heart with all diligence
(10) GUARD YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE!
  • Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV)
  • For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Eat and drink! he says to you, But his heart is not with you. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
  • It is your thoughts that gives value to your works!
  • Negative thoughts cancels all the effect of your positive actions and efforts!
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(10) GUARD YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE!
  • And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
  • Your transformation is at the mercy of your mind
  • Arrival at your place in destiny and accomplishing God's will for your life is conditional to the level of diligence you give to what is going on in your mind!
  • Give every effort to ensure that what is allowed into your heart is inspired by the spirit of God.
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Audience Q&A
  • What questions do you have about today’s teaching?