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How to Use the Faith You Have   3 comments

“By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them.” (Hebrews 11:33)

You Just Need a Little Faith

How much faith do you have? A little, a lot? I feel like I have a little sometimes (if any!), but Jesus says that’s ok! In fact, He said all you need is the size of a seed: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). Faith the size of a mustard seed…that’s all you need! So it’s not a matter of how to get more faith, but how to use the faith you have.

The Power of One Little Seed

Picture a seed. Small, un-intimidating: but it has the power to create an orchard…if it will be planted. Jesus said, “I can guarantee this truth: A single grain of wheat doesn’t produce anything unless it is planted in the ground and dies. If it dies, it will produce a lot of grain” (John 12:24). Your faith is like that. If you will plant it, and really believe God for what you are asking, you can see an incredible harvest! In fact, Jesus said, “Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:23). Everything. That includes your healing, your marriage, your finances, your unsaved friends and family, the state of your nation, God’s Kingdom coming to earth….everything. But the believing-part is the key.

Identify Your Seed

Open your palm right now and picture a seed in it. The seed represents your desires. What would you name it? Incredible Marriage? Healthy Body? Feeling Fulfilled? I want you to name that seed right now. Now, the way you know if you have a seed worth planting is if it’s something Jesus likes, which you can find by reading the Gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). For example, say you’re really sick. You wonder, “Does Jesus want to heal me?” Well, a man in the Bible wondered that same thing: He told Jesus, “If you’re wiling, you can make me well.” And Jesus, moved with compassion, said, “I am willing; be healed!” (Mark 1:41); and the man was healed. So there’s your seed of faith to work with, seeing that Jesus cares about healing people. Now let’s talk about how to plant it.

Planting Your Seed

Surprisingly few elements are needed to make something grow. You need seed, soil, water, and sunlight. That’s about it. We just discovered you have seed; now what about the rest? Good question. Jesus said that the soil is your heart. He taught, “And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest” (Luke 8:15). When your heart is soft towards Jesus, believing and obeying Him, you have the perfect soil for seeds of faith to grow in. Now let me tell you, I have not had the best heart-soil in the last year, especially. But the Holy Spirit is like an incredible gardener, who comes in if we let Him, and takes out the stones and weeds in our heart. If you feel you have rocky heart-soil right now, ask the Holy Spirit to be your gardener! That’s what He has been doing for me! Thank You Holy Spirit!

Water, Water, Water

Now, time to water! Water is the continual affirmation and rehearsing of your faith. Rehearse just means to “re-hear”…to hear again. Just like a man doesn’t stop telling his wife he loves her after they get married, so we don’t stop confessing what we are believing God for after we first plant that seed of faith…not until we see that answer and bite into that juicy piece of fruit! Then we start thanking! But until then, it’s rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. So you initially say when you plant that seed of faith, “Jesus, I believe You are my Healer.” And then you continue to rehearse it by saying each day, “Jesus, I thank You for healing me on the cross. I thank You that one day in Heaven I will have a perfect body, and I’m asking You still to heal me while I’m on earth.” I want you to picture your words as water, and that each time you choose to continue in your faith, you are watering that seed, and it’s starting to grow.

A Great Harvest Awaits You

The key is not giving up. Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Can you imagine a farmer who quit just before a great harvest? Let’s not do that! Your little seed of faith has so much power! God just taught me yesterday, actually, the power of writing a prayer request down. It’s like placing a formal order, so that when it comes, you know it’s from God, and not your own strength. Because, as it says, “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow” (1 Corinthians 3:7). At the end of the day, God is the one who is going to make your seed become fruit, and in that day, you can glorify Him and give Him thanks. He is the sunlight. So what’s your seed? Plant it firmly today! And from this day forward, continue to grow that seed with the water of your words until you see that great harvest!

I’ll like to leave you with the words from Henry Ward, he said”Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith”

Have a great week!

I love you!

Posted August 26, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation, My thoughts

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Let’s Face our Worst Fear   5 comments

Let’s Face Our Worst Fears

“But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him.” (Psalm 89:33)

What’s Your Worst Fear?

What’s your worst fear? If you’re like me, it’s not spiders, public speaking, or heights. It’s much deeper than that. To see if am normal, I googled to find the top human fears, and I found I wasn’t alone. Let’s see if you identify with them too.

Top 10 Human Fears

Here they are: Losing your freedom; the unknown; pain; disappointment; misery; loneliness; ridicule; rejection; death; and failure. Wow, that about sums it up, doesn’t it? I can identify with so many of those. How about you? Actually, what’s “funny” is that some on that list are worse to me than death. Lifelong failure, for one, is something I would rather die than face. But really, beneath that fear of failure is the fear of not being loved; since to me, the point of success is to get people to love and value me. Growing up, I thought that my worth came from succeeding, so I always tried so hard to do everything right. But then, I went through a time where I purposefully tried to fail at everything (and did a pretty good job), because I wanted to see if people would still love me if I failed.

Jesus Brings You Unfailing Love

I would guess you’re not too unlike me. Maybe for you, it’s not failure; it’s something else. But the root of it is that you want love. That’s the way God created you. There’s a verse in the Bible that says: “What a man desires is unfailing love.” (Proverbs 19:22) Unfailing love: The kind of love that doesn’t quit when you fail or something unexpected happens. It doesn’t quit when someone ridicules you or you let someone down and mess up. God’s love never fails. In fact, here’s an extensive list of all the things that cannot conquer God’s love for you:

“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.” (Romans 8:38-39)

God’s Love Insurance Policy

That is a Love Insurance Coverage Policy that covers everything. It covers divorce, depression, failure, heartache, financial difficulty, not knowing what to do, ignorance, disease, loneliness, and the list goes on. There is nothing that God would take His love away from you for. In fact, that’s why He gave His only Son to die for you: Love. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not die but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) If God was willing to sacrifice His only Son, don’t you think He would go to the depths and the heights to keep His love over you, once He has paid so much for your life?

The Cure To Fear

I know that you’re probably dealing with a lot of fears. I am too. Fear of failure; fear of loneliness; fear of ridicule; the list goes on. But Jesus wants to conquer our fears with His love. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” God has that perfect love to drive out your fear. Imagine that your house is filled with little flies, buzzing all around you, bothering you. That’s what your fears feel like in your head, don’t they? God wants to drive them out by the wind of His love. You just need to open the windows in your mind, especially when you’re feeling the buzzing, and just pray, “Holy Spirit, let the wind of Your unfailing love come and drive out all of my little (and big) fears.” When you face loneliness, for example, buzzing around in your head, saying “You’ll always be alone! No one will ever love you!”, you can pray, “Holy Spirit, fill me with Your love” and then just say, “God LOVES me. No matter what. I will always have His unconditional, never-failing love.”

Open Up the Windows

If you have been dealing with a whole lot of fear-buzzing in your head (and I know what that’s like), I want you to take a moment right now and ask the Holy Spirit to open up the windows in your heart and mind and let His overwhelming love fill your inner house and drive our the fear. Remember, God says, “Perfect love drives out fear.” So whenever you’re facing fears this week (or ever), draw upon God’s great love insurance policy for you. It never fails, and nothing can conquer it. And as you let His consuming love in your house, your fears will begin to weaken and weaken until they no longer have a hold on you. That is my prayer for me and you: that God’s love would cast out all of our fears, in Jesus’ name. Take that moment right now and confess your fears to God and ask Him to take control of each one and soothe you with His amazing, healing love. Today can be the start of His love taking control of your fears.

I love you.

Have an excellent week.

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Posted August 5, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

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Change Your Lenses, Change Your Life.   2 comments

Change Your Lenses, Change Your Life

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Come to the Eye Doctor

What if there was a pair of glasses that actually changed how you experience life? For example, without them, you pick up a cup of coffee and it’s bland and tasteless. But then you put them on, and that same cup becomes robust with flavor and intoxicating in smell. Did you know that God actually has a pair of glasses for you that will radically improve how you experience your life? It’s true, and He is offering them to you today.

What You See is What You Get

Jesus said something pretty intense: “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.” (Luke 11:34) Light or darkness: Your eye determines it. Now, if you’re like me, you really want your body to be filled with light, so you need to know how to make your eye “good,” especially if your vision has been bad, like mine. And the Bible gives us just the answer.

Focus, Focus

There is this game in some magazines where you look at a photo and try to find what is wrong in the picture. Like if it were a garden photo, maybe the wheelbarrow would be missing a handle, or the bumblebees would be purple. Nothing big, but the point is to focus on what is wrong, instead of what is right. Isn’t this how we live our lives, too? However, the Bible says to do just the opposite. Philippians 4:8 says,

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

So, say you’re looking at that garden photo. Instead of looking at the one-handled wheelbarrow or purple bumblebees (which would be kind of cool to see anyway!), you would focus on the vibrancy of the roses, the blueness of the sky, and the gracefulness of the trees. Think how different you would feel! Instead of feeling negative and down, suddenly, you feel overtaken with all the beauty God has to offer you! This is how God wants you to live your life, and it’s by putting on the glasses of gratitude.

Gratitude Glasses

I recently heard a “joy expert” say that the #1 thing that determines a person’s level of happiness is gratitude. Not the abundance of things or the absence of stress, but just being constantly aware and thankful of all the wonderful things around you. In fact, she said that she had seen countless people arise from severe depression just by thinking of 5 things they are thankful for every morning. Wow, what an incredible prescription for depression and anxiety: Gratitude! Think of all the things we totally take for granted: the beauty of the sky; the sun coming up every day and the moon every night; the relationships we have; and the food, clothing, and shelter that God provides. The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

Let’s Try Them on This Week

Let’s do an experiment this week, of looking at things in a grateful way instead of a negative way. So, for example, my normal, negative way would be to wake up and think, “Ugh. I have to go to work today. Blah. I wish I had the day off.” But then, I put on my gratitude glasses and say, “Oh, thank You God that I have a wonderful job! I actually get paid to do something that I really like! And I get to go see my coworkers, instead of being alone all day! Thank You!” Do you see the difference that would make in my day? All of a sudden, I start to experience things in a whole new, positive way. And you can do that with any situation, even the hardest ones. Are you willing to take the Gratitude Glasses Challenge with me this week? Every morning we will put them on, and if we forget and start to go through our day in a negative way, we can just put them on then! The wonderful thing with gratitude is you can do it anytime, anywhere. You can bring amazing blessings to people’s lives (and your own!) just by being thankful.

Posted June 26, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

I want to go out on a date with you   1 comment

God Loves You

God Loves You

Guess Who is Asking You Out on a Date, God wants to go out on a date with you

“I am my beloved’s, and His desire is for me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10)

My Secret

I want to tell you a secret. One that has totally revolutionized my life with God. Can I have a minute of your time and see if it could do the same for you?

Wanting More from God

About a couple months ago, I was at a weird place in my relationship with God, and I asked Him what to do. I wanted more out of our relationship, but I didn’t know what to do about it. And here’s the answer I felt He gave me: Go on walks.

Go on walks? Are You serious? What is that going to do? Are You saying I’m out of shape? (Which I am.) In any event, I went, out of sheer obedience and curiosity—and I kind of like walking. Every day after work, I’d put on my walking shoes and head out the door, often tired and not feeling like it.

Going on Dates

And what do you know, but as I started to walk, I started to talk: to God—about my feelings, my fears, what happened yesterday at work, how I feel about my life…everything and anything that was on my heart. And do you want to know what’s more? As I began to walk—everyday, after work—I began to hear God talk back…or sometimes just feel Him listen and care. It was like I began to “date” God. And God, smart as He is, knew this would happen. He knew that it was quality time that we needed to grow in our relationship together.

A Fresh Love

Have you ever seen a married couple that falls out of love? It’s not that they hate each other; they just lost that “thing.” But then, in a move of desperation, they move everything else to the side and begin to act how they did when they first fell in love. They date; they open up; they notice new, wonderful qualities in each other. They listen to every word with attention. They put each other first. Mainly, they spend time together.

God’s Message to You

And this is EXACTLY what God wants to do…with you. He is just crazy about you. He wants to spend every waking moment with you: listening to your fears, talking about your dreams, laughing at funny things, and counseling you on the tough issues. Don’t believe me? Listen to Him here; He’s talking about you:”“But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to Me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt. When that day comes,’ says the Lord, “you will call Me ‘my husband’ instead of ‘my master'” (Hosea 2:14-16).

No Matter How Old or New give yourself to Him again. When I started taking my daily walks with God, our daily dates, I started to hear Him and feel His love in a revolutionary way. I started to hear Him soothe my fears, give me advice, and care for me with deep loyalty. And the same will happen for you if you start spending time with Him.

The Offer

Here’s what Jesus says to you:

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20) Do you want to have those dates with God? Do you want to let Him into your home…maybe for the first time, or maybe “all over again?”

Start Here

Why don’t you simply start with picking a time of day to take a daily date with God? It could be morning, noon, or night. You just tell Him, “God, I would like to go on that date You’re offering me. I’m a little surprised You’d want to spend so much time with me, but I’m honored. Let’s build this relationship.” Is that what you want to do? If so, why don’t you tell God what time of day you’d like to spend together, and then take that time to talk and get to know each other this week. I personally promise you that you will not regret it. God is crazy about you, and spending time together every day will revolutionize your life.

I love you and‎​ GOd loves you even more!

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels is an ardent inspirational writer who is passionate about influencing positive change through his writing. You can follow him on twitter @Ldee_

Posted June 3, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

Get Out of Jail Free   1 comment

Get Out of Jail Free

“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” (John 4:24)

Are You in Prison?

Do you feel like you are in a prison? Maybe it’s the prison of an addiction, a fear, or a past memory. I know how you feel. I have felt chained to events and feelings for years, and they have held me back. But the Bible talks about a powerful way to

break out of prison. And It’s free! Listen to this story about Paul and Silas, two Christian men who were thrown in prison for telling people about Jesus. Instead of getting bitter or depressed, listen to what they do:

“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” (Acts 16:25-26)

The Power of Worship

Paul and Silas worshiped, and it broke them out of prison. You see, worship has the capacity to break you free–no matter how long you’ve been bound. But it really, really matters what or who you worship. For years, I worshiped appearance, relationships, acceptance, and addictions. They were the things I sought with all my time, the things I looked to fill me. In essence, they were my gods. Can you relate? But they were dead, and the Bible teaches that you become like what you worship:

“But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (Psalm 115:4-8)

Worship the Living God

If you worship something dead, you will become dead inside. But if you worship something—Someone—that is alive, you will become alive inside too. Jesus said, “So He is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to Him.” (Luke 20:38) Do you want to worship the

Living God and become alive inside too? Do you want your chains to be broken off? I do. Here is a worship tool that God is teaching me that I call:

Zoom Out, Zoom In. I believe it can help you too!

Shift Your Perspective

I want you to think of a camera lens, how you can zoom in on something you want to focus on, and zoom out to get the bigger picture. That’s how we worship things too. We zoom in on what we worship, and we zoom out on things that are less important. God wants us to zoom in on Him and zoom out on our problems. That will bring you true freedom. I want to practice this with you by using a very personal example. I really want to be married but haven’t found the right person yet. My tendency has been to zoom in on my unfulfilled desire and zoom out on God’s faithfulness. But God wants it to be opposite, so here’s what He’s teaching me:

Zoom Out: Instead of saying, “What’s wrong with me? Has God forsaken me?” and trying to figure out all the things I could do to get a woman, I say, “God, I know You have someone great for me. I know plenty of other people who You have provided spouses for, and I trust You to take care of me too.” I zoom out on my problem, instead of making it my god.

Zoom In: Then, I zoom in on my Creator—my God whom I trust. I think about all the wonderful things about Him, all the times He came through for people in the Bible and for me in the past. I think about how He loves me, has a great plan for me, and is powerful enough to bring the perfect person from anywhere in the world. I find peace by zooming in on my living God, and He brings me life and breaks me out of jail

I love you

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Lekan Omodunbi Daniels is an ardent inspirational writer who is passionate about influencing positive change through his writing. You can follow him on twitter @ldee05

Posted May 6, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

The Winning Attitude | Good Esteem   Leave a comment

The Winning Attitude | You are a winner

If you must be a winner, my dear friend it is imperative you have a good esteem. Have you ever listened or watched how great and‎​ successful people act or speak?

{#2 The strongest factor in prosperity consciousness is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing u deserve it, believing you will get it.}

There is no one else like you. Nature already created you unique it is up to you to believe in your self and‎​ abilities. Your mind and‎​ how it thinks and‎​ operates is totally your own. low self esteem graph

So if nature has bothered to make you unique, don’t you feel you should accept that you’re important and also that you have as much right as anyone else to be on this planet?

{Attitude} Halt destructive thoughts and‎​ accentuate the positive.

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels is an ardent inspirational writer who is passionate about influencing positive change through his writing. You can follow him on twitter @ldee05

Posted May 2, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

The Winning Attitude | You are a winner   2 comments

The Winning Attitude | You are a winner

{#1 With God All things are Possible…}

Do you seldom think things aren’t working out as planned? It happens to me sometimes. I even ask if He truly exists, fortunately He does.

{Attitude} Spend more time believing in God than believing in yourself. If you do, the things you thought were difficult and‎​ impossible are possible with Him.

It works for me, i also believe it can with you only if you believe in Him. Please share someone needs develop the winning attitude.

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels is an ardent inspirational writer who is passionate about influencing positive change through his writing. You can follow him on twitter @ldee05

Posted May 2, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation