Flourishing 

Flourishing 

First Post of The Year! Wow.

Happy New Year People! I’m sure the Year has been awesome for you so far.

At the Global New Years Service with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Pastor announced that 2017 was the Year of Flourishing✨👑.

He also mentioned that this year is split in three parts:
– Luxuriant Growth 🌴

– Significant Attainment ✅

– Persistent Productivity 💫

– FLOURISH 

You know, I looked up the word flourishing – nothing fancy, just typed it into google and these are a few of the definitions I got: 


This means that this year is going to be full of fast and successful growth. It means everything we do, everything we touch has to turn out well and will do so with immense speed, while keeping the upmost quality of production (including self-growth).

The first definition mentions that this growth is “especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment”. A synonym for congenial is “suitable”. 

So, in order for this healthy development, the correct environment is needed and what better suitable environment for Flourishing than in the Word of God?

One of the things I’ve learnt over the years is to not leave God out of your plans because when He is involved, success is 100% guaranteed. 

“The righteous will flourish like the palm tree [long-lived, upright and useful]; They will grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic and stable].” – Psalm 92:15 


– LUXURIANT GROWTH


Luxuriant relates to richness, abundance and thriving. This year, just like the palm tree, whatever the weather, time or place, know that you can and will thrive because the power to do so is within you and God has ordained it to be so. 

We should hold on to His word to allow healthy growth in every aspect of our lives (spiritually, mentally, financially, in love) and let go of things that could stunt growth.

“Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.” – Psalm 92:13-14


– SIGNIFICANT ATTAINMENT


All those goals and plans and ideas we had for 2016 that for some reason or the other didn’t develop fully? Well that’s about to change. 

This year, be determined to let nothing stop you for attaining your goals, distractions and negativity may come for any or all directions but remember who you are and stay focused on the goal.

Just like the palm tree, that reaches its high point no matter the circumstance, we too can achieve news breaking, world shaking attainments. Believe in yourself and the one who made you and nothing can stop you.

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” – Psalm 20:4


– PERSISTENT PRODUCTIVITY 


This year of flourishing God has ordained for us to be able to produce high-yielding results constantly. Remember that nothing matters that is against God’s Word that can affect your productivity.

Speak in tongues and spend time meditating on God’s Word to improve yourself and your ability to produce persistently successful and desired results.

“But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely. They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.” – Psalm 1:2-3.

This year we are continuing the spreading, adding significant attainment and persistent productivity to our development, knowing that we are and everything that we do is useful. We’re spreading and doing it in style.

We shine✨ & We Win👑 
🌴Always 🌴

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo
– S.SAW

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Moving Forward 

Moving Forward 

How amazing is it that the month ‘ishineiwin’ comes back is the same month that my Pastor announces is the month of “Moving Forward”. 

The plan was to come back in introducing the “Word of the Month” Segment. #Destiny 🙆🙌😂.

It’s good to be back: The hiatus wasn’t planned, but then I realised I had to stop talking🗣 for moment, listen👂and gain more understanding🕵️‍♀️ before I could go on – which is what I’ve been doing the past two months and we’re back!💃.


“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7

During Pastor’s message of the month, the most important word for me which I took from it was that we shouldn’t ask God for progress and that we should make it. 


“But you, dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up even stronger.” – Jude 20a

In that scripture above, it says “build yourselves up”, that means it’s our responsibility to take the building materials God has given to us (His Word) and use that to advance in life, making our story one of success and victory. 

God has already given us everything we need, it’s already all inside of us and if we want something, all we have to do is reach in and take it and use it. Through His Word and answering His call, we have been given the ability to do all. 


“For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through [a] true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” – 2 Peter 1:3

I’m so happy that this was the word of the month because, it was like someone knocked me on the head and was like “hello? Why have you stopped building? Whose responsibility do you think it is to sort your life out, love?” For a while, I had become complacent and I was just thinking, yeah yeah, no, yeah, God knows what I want to do, he’ll handle it for me.👌

That’s like being employed and your employer gives you materials and an instruction manual, then you start working but halfway through think, “Oh, the boss knows what needs to be done, he’ll do the rest.” But it’s YOUR job😳🙄. The boss has already done his part, the rest is up to you. I was playing myself to be honest.😅

We need to put our faith to work continuously and not lose sight of the bigger plans. 


“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

We should use the word of God to build up are lives, to guide us in the right direction and keep us moving forward. 

Put your faith to work and make up your mind to win, always. 

Don’t choose to be a failure and don’t take your life lightly, God gave His son for us, I’d say that makes our lives pretty important and we should spend our time wisely; helping and inspiring others; spreading the gospel and always, consistently moving upwards and forwards. 

Don’t let your story stop here. God always has more instore for you. 


“God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo


– S.SAW

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The Best 

The Best 

God only made one you. He only made one of us each and we all have our different characters, personalities, identities and DNA. ✨

It’s okay, to want to be like someone else or admire who they are and what they do, especially if they are successful. Draw inspiration and aspire, but don’t lose yourself and who God made you to be trying to become that person. (And remember only God knows a person’s true intentions and their heart, so be wise in who you decide to follow, always make sure The Holy Spirit is your number one advisor concerning the matters of your life.)

God has blessed us all and we are all capable of being our own successful person. When we came into Christ, we received everything wonderful and great that comes with that. 

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.
– Jeremiah 29:11

God has big plans for you, YOU as an individual. Use His guidance and His word to become the best of you. 


We came into this world with our own special and distinctive personalities, with great talents and abilities.

God doesn’t make mistakes. Like, it’s not a thing. 😄 

He loves us like a Father who wants nothing but the best for his children.

Doesn’t that tell you something!? He must want YOU. He wants you to be the best version of you possible. Invest in yourself and your attitude, and add value to yourself. 

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9

You have the ability to be awesome and great and so influential. Find that thing you’re good at or that you have a passion for, work on it, for it, improve yourself and become the best of you, the you that will be an advantage and favourable to the World. The you that not only has the power to cause changes but actually uses that power. 

Love yourself and the beautiful person God has made you to be in Christ. Use all that he has given you to be the best of you and give the best. 


Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo
– S.SAW


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Know Your Worth 

This #TunesTuesday the song that’s being added to the playlist is ‘Gold’ by Britt Nicole.


I first discovered this song on LoveWorld TV Channel (A Christian network – check it out) and I remember thinking wow, I love this song, it’s catchy, upbeat and sends a good message. While the song was still playing I went straight on to google to find the lyrics and find out about the artist. I downloaded the song onto my phone, listening to it on repeat non-stop for about a week!😬😄

“So, hold your head up high, 
It’s your time to shine. ✨
From the inside out it shows, 
You’re worth more than Gold.”💕

The song is like a confession and it’s making a statement to yourself about who you are. 

“So don’t let anybody tell you 
That you’re not loved 
And don’t let anybody tell you 
That you’re not enough”🙌

God loves you no matter who or what you are, even before you came to him. He knew you and loved you as you were and as you are. Know your worth. 👌

The bible says, 

“You are the light of the World.” – Matthew 5:14

Yes, YOU! And we all know how important light is.
🌞⭐️🔥

So for us to be the light of the world that must mean we are some pretty important and special people. And don’t forget it. 

“You’re a King, you’re a Queen
Inside and out” 

When you come into this new life, you became joint-heirs with Christ. Royalty is in our DNA. 

Remember to love yourself always and love others too. Love is a great power, bringing everything and everyone together. ❤️

Here’s the song and video from YouTube, but if you want to download it – and the whole album, which is called “Gold” also – or listen to it on your phone (repeatedly like me😂) you can find it on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play etc. 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Keep Shining & Wining✨👑
Xoxo 
-S.SAW

A Life Worth Living

A Life Worth Living

Two weeks ago, I talked about not letting anyone rain on our parade and how we can do anything we set our minds too with the Holy Spirit as our guide.

This week, I’m talking about living that good life!🎉 *cue party music*

(Side note – This is literally what I looked like coming out of my final exam this afternoon 😄)

God has given us a life of beauty, success, prosperity and favour. All those things point to a life full of enjoyment to me.🙌 

We should take advantage of the new life we have in Christ, enjoying it to the fullest and bringing other people into it, so they can enjoy it with us – I mean, who wants to party alone all the time🙄? 👬👫👭

Psalm 24: 1-2 says: 

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, The world, and those who dwell in it.”

And because we are of God, then everything is ours too! Everything that belongs to Jesus Christ belongs to us too because we are joint-heirs with Him. So, really the World and everything in it, is ours and for us to enjoy. 

*hint hint*!This means that the best way to enjoy life is with God.

“Everything is already yours as a gift … the world, life, death, the present, the future – all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God.” – 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 

In my previous post, I said that there’s enough success to go around. Well there’s also enough enjoyment and God’s goodness to go around. The earth is full of it. 

We shouldn’t live life, just existing, like “Que Sera, Sera” (Whatever will be, will be), but more Carpe diem! Seize the day and its opportunities! Take action. 💥 

We’ve got that beautiful God kind of life, that Zoe. So, don’t think we can just be living ordinary lives and that there are certain things we can’t get or don’t deserve. Everything is already ours. 

“Everything was created through him; nothing – not one thing! – came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” – John 1:3-5

Let’s not let anybody try and put out that light inside of us. Shine brightly, living life to the fullest and enjoying what God has given you, like he intended. 

Be happy always and appreciate all that there is to this wonderful life in Christ. From morning to night, family and friends, the food that you eat and the people that you meet. Enjoy everything and every moment of life and all it has to offer and all you have to offer it. 

(Photography by Izin Akhabau)

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW

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*Teevo (A Daily Devotional) inspired post. 

Don’t Rain on My Parade

Don’t Rain on My Parade


Have you ever found someone – maybe even close to you – say or ask you these things:

“Yeah, I mean it sounds great, but are you sure you can do this?”

“That’s a nice idea, but maybe you should try something else.”

“I don’t think that’s really for you to be honest.”

“Do you really think that will work? I’m just looking out for you, why won’t you listen to me?”

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🤔 Uh, hello?? I’m not listening to you because you’re trying to rain on my parade.🌧☔️

Don’t let other people dictate what is and isn’t best for you. (Especially when you know it’s God’s plan for you). That’s the Holy Spirit’s job and I’m quite sure (100% sure actually😅) that He isn’t out of business.

Of course, you can ask for their opinion or even advice, because that person may have a good idea or input towards that thing you want to do. But once you hear the negativity coming out of their mouth you just know that you don’t have to listen to that. Just tell them “Hey, thanks but no thanks.”👍

I know that I can do anything I set my mind to because God’s ability is at work in me.

If it’s not helpful or aligning with what God’s Word 📖 has said about you and the things concerning you then you don’t need that kind of information/advice/input.

Let’s see what the Bible says actually…

“Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].” – Proverbs 16:3

So, as you can see, as long as you trust God, put your faith in Him and come to him with your hearts desires, ‘your plans will succeed’. It doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say about the situation as God’s word is your ultimate guide and counsel.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

Also, remember not to rain on anyone else’s parade🌞, there’s enough success to go around. This is the year of spreading so let us help each other when we can to spread like never before. You are blessed to be a blessing.

Go beyond the limits and start a total take over☄🌎. Everything belongs to you. God told Abraham that he would make him and his seed great. [Genesis 12:1-3] And WE are the seed of Abraham. When accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life, all that God promised Abraham, He promised you too as Abraham’s seed.

 “And if you belong to Christ [if you are in Him], then you are Abraham’s descendants, and [spiritual] heirs according to [God’s] promise.” – Galatians 3:29

Whether you want to be a doctor or you’re an aspiring artist/musician. Whether blogging is your passion or fashion is where it’s at. Maybe law is your thing or teaching. You might even have an idea that’s totally brand new (even better!) Whatever it is you want to do, or have started doing – be the best, because you ARE the best.

Start working towards your goals in life with the Holy Spirit as your guide and tell the haters to either change their attitude and join you or step aside!

I know that there’s no room for negativity in my life.✌️

You know, sometimes people may really believe they are looking out for you. Just tell them not to worry. We already have someone looking out for us and He’s already told us what we’re capable of. 😏

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 


So,

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo
– S.SAW

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Receive 

Receive 

I was listening to a message by a Pastor called “Making your faith work” and there was something he said that caught my attention, “The problem is that, people pray and don’t receive.” 🤔

He then gave an example saying that, people who pray and don’t receive are like people who go to the bank to cash a cheque, give the cheque to the cashier and then walk out of the bank before collecting the cash.

Uh, would you just leave your money like that? 😳

Sometimes we’re praying for something and we get so caught up in ourselves and that thing we want that we forget the receiving part.

Prayer is two-way, it’s how God communicates with you directly and you with him. If we’re praying about something and then just end the prayer and carry on, what have we gained? What did God say to us?

If the answer to those questions seems like it’s “nothing” then obviously we’re missing something vital. Prayer is not just for us to complain and say “gimme gimme ’cause my name is Jimmy”. It’s for us to listen to what God has to say to us and what He wants to show us – His plans for us and to answer our requests.

God is a God who answers prayers, He likes to talk to you and do wonderful things for your life. God is way more willing to give than you are to receive. If only you’d listen to what He has to say when you speak to Him.

What matters to us becomes God’s concern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…So that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.” – John 15:16

 

Imagine going to your friend and asking them for advice on something because you know they’re qualified in that field and whatever they say concerning your situation would be the best plan of action for you. And then as they’re about to reply, you cut them off and say “Okay, thanks. I’m sure you’ll sort it out somehow for me.”

You didn’t care to find out what the person could do for you and what YOU could do with the information that they would give you and then you get upset when things don’t work out “according to plan”. But the truth is you didn’t even know the plan or how it would involve you because you forgot to receive the answer. 🙄

So, open up your heart to the Word and your spirit during prayer. Pray earnestly and tune into God, so that you can receive.

“…The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” – James 5:16

“Of a righteous man (believer).” – Don’t forget to have faith and make it work when you pray. When you pray, believe that God has done it for you and begin to talk and act that way. Put the word God has given you to work and don’t forget to thank him always.

Exercise your faith. Faith is consistent. Nothing is too big for God, so trust Him to do it for you.

This picture is from my daily devotional that I read and the title of this message was called True Faith. Here is an excerpt from it:

“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.” – James 1:5-8 

So remember to always pray, but also remember to receive while praying. When you pray and talk with God, you should never leave the same way you entered that prayer, you should never leave empty handed. God always has something for you.

*if you would like to know more about the daily devotional or the messages by Rev. Chris Oyakhilome (I.e. Making your faith work) here is the link to the website – http://www.pastorchrisonline.org/home/aboutce

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW

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