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UNDERSTANDING THE ANOINTING
AUTHOR: KENETH E. HAGIN

BOOK REVIEW BY: IFEANYICHUKWU ANOKWURU
Understanding the anointing is an expose on the power of God. The book is divided into three sections:
The personal anointing
The anointing on ministry gifts
The co-operate anointing

The first sections talk about the personal anointing every believer has. This anointing teaches us the truth of God. Hagin relates his experiences on how this personal anointing led him into healing and raised him from his deathbed. He spoke on how the Holy Spirit led him into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit when he was still fellowshipping with the Baptist denomination. According to him, this personal anointing will manifest when we become conscious of Him. Hagin relates the story about how a man who had been a Bible teacher for years lost half of his class by taking them to a meeting of a man who was teaching them extra-biblical things. Another woman attended a meeting and something in her told her not to go back there. The place of teaching by the Holy Spirit doesn’t displace the role of human teachers. So when a teacher teaches, it’s the Holy Spirit teaching us and when we hear a message, the Spirit of God will tell us if its right or wrong.
The second section talks about the anointing of people called to ministry offices. Hagin explains the anointing of the prophets amongst others. Firstly Hagin talks about the anointing to preach and how it was increased in his life when He received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He talks about the anointing to teach next, how he received it and how it was proved. Other areas of ministries he talked on were; the pastor’s office and apostles ministry. He wrote further on how to increase the anointing, operate under the anointing, special anointing (unusual ways God uses people as He uses “the foolish things of this world to confound the wise”) and the healing anointing.
Hagin talked about how ministers fall, the things that make them die early and not enjoy God’s best. He admonished to find out exactly what God would have you do in ministry and not just do anything because you want to serve God. Hagin said that if you are not in God’s perfect will, you cannot enjoy God’s perfect provision.
Section three, Hagin deals with the co-operate anointing (the presence of God in the midst of His people). According to Hagin, the co-operate anointing brings more result than the individual anointing to minister. He talks about how he has seen this manifestation as a cloud in his meetings. He went further to explain that we can access this manifestation only through prayer and praise-giving scriptural examples.
UNDERSTANDING THE ANOINTING will make an interesting read as he relates experiences he gained over decades in the ministry.

TYRANNY OF MEDIOCRITY


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Life seems full and funny enough to have a mediocre occupy your space. Unfortunately its something many has to deal with consciously or unconsciously. And sometimes you become the mediocre yourself. Hope you are not asking who is mediocre? A mediocre is inadequate, of poor character or qualities and unsatisfactory.

Our case study for today is David and Goliath. Many of you are not averse to the story of the giant who was killed by a small boy with a sling and a stone. Many believe that David the five stones David picked represented Jesus and while it may not be wrong I will say David went prepared to deal with a mediocre. The sad thing was that Saul and his armies didn’t realise this. The bible says that Goliath went out every morning chanting the same thing for forty days about bring me a man and if he defeats me, the Philistines will become Israel’s slave and vice versa. But Goliath did nothing but bluff for forty days.
You might say Saul had every reason to be afraid because Goliath was a giant which was pretty obvious but Saul wasn’t afraid just because of his stature that because he thought Goliath a man of war from his youth. But I guess even you didn’t realise that Goliath’s history of war was never stated anywhere in the bible other than what Saul said which he could very well have imagined or the fear that gripped the Israelites army from the sight of Goliath has been Goliath’s tactics over the years. He maybe had never needed to fight any war because everyone except David was afraid of a giant.
So let us come back to you, whose record or what hearsay have you believed that has held you back from advancing forward? What is that situation that you have declared insurmountable because everyone said so?
When my husband wanted to write ICAN exams even as one that didn’t have admission to the university, everyone around him told him that he couldn’t do it. That even people with experience are still struggling to pass it. Do you know what he did? He took the discouragement and used it as propelling gas to pass every single stage of his ICAN exams within two years. He became chattered before he went for a special degree programme.
Sometimes, the so-called difficulty is a mediocre tyrannising you and it’s only your fear that holds you back from defeating it.
While many of us are crying of a bad economy and dollar rise and other uncertainties, others are thinking of ways to make wealth from the situation.
So like David, you that that mediocre is defiling your God and you His prophets, rise up and challenge in both in the place of prayer, hard work and diligence and you will be bringing deliverance not just to yourself but many others.

God bless you
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THE ENEMY OF YOUR DREAMS


THE ENEMY OF YOUR DREAMS

 

Genesis 37:20

Come now, let’s kill him, throw him into one of the cisterns, and then say that a wild animal ate him. Then we’ll see how his dreams turns out! (NET)The enemy of your DReams!

 

Happy new year. You are welcome into the year.

I am sure many entered this year with vitality and vigour and a promise to do things differently and better. One slogan I have for the year 2018 is that “2018 is a year to be INTENTIONAL”.

Coming from the previous year, many came along with dreams which they hope to turn into vision and they are super excited about running with it this year. Many find their courage in the fact that God showed them personally. And I am excited about that with you. But you might want to wait to hear this, “YOUR SUCCESS WILL NOT COME RIDING ON THRONES”(we will discuss later)

There is a constant struggle by devil and human beings to sabotage your dreams. Several DISTRACTIONS ARE THROWN YOUR WAY; many times you seem to be walking on thorns. Then you stop to ask yourself where you went wrong, what you haven’t done right, if God still cares or even if God is on this journey with you.

But don’t worry; all things are working for your good. Every enemy that has lined your way will only work out God’s plan for your life. Discouragement is part of the distraction but POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND VIBES are needed on this journey to success. Joseph didn’t like what his brothers did to him but he didn’t allow bitterness and bad attitude to dictate his actions. Instead he focused on God and put forth good attitude and the LORD blest him.

In 2018, you must be INTENTIONAL on focusing on your GOALS, VISION or DREAM and not on the enemies of your future who want to see how your dreams turn out. Make sure to come out stronger and better.

 

I wish you a successful year. Stay on top of your game and God will WORK OUT ALL THINGS FOR YOUR GOOD. GOD also is INTENTIONAL.

 

DREAM VS VISION


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It is very common for you and many others like you to talk about dreams, in fact, many pray for you that your dreams shall come through. While this sounds like a good prayer, I would not say it is beneficial for you.
Joel 2: 28 says “And afterwards, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. (NIV)
So what is Dream?
A dream is a wish or desire for something better or desired future.
What is Vision?
Vision is a set goal with a well-documented course of action set to it. It is the ability to look farther than your eyes can see.
It is not wrong to dream after all if wishes were horses, even the beggar would ride on them. But dreams are for the old men. The opportunity they have to look back and thank God for great decisions taken or regret opportunities lost. Dreams are for the old men to recount what they would have been today if they had Vision as youths.

It is very paramount to have VISION as a youth. It becomes a matter of necessity to carve out a path for your life. A well spelt out vision gives you a direction and how to go about that which you are pursuing. Setting a VISION enables your ability to resist distraction and side attraction. Every man with a PURPOSE has a vision.
What do you do with your Vision?
• Write it down and make it plain. Don’t keep your vision in your head; write it down so that it serves as a constant reminder.
• Write out ways you plan to achieve your vision
• Research and read about it. Read about people who have gone ahead in the field of your endeavour.
• Pray about it constantly
• It is not for everybody to know because there are always people ready to destroy and discourage.
• Connect with like-minded people and people in the field you are pursuing so that you learn from their stories and you can avoid their pitfalls and walk with their lessons learnt.
• Run with your vision and don’t look back.
• NEVER TELL YOURSELF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE

You should know that you can make visions of your dreams. As a young man with plenty time in his hands, never allow your dreams stay as dreams, turn them into visions and run with them.
Do you dream of being the next Dangote? Turn it into a vision
Do you plan on being the president of the country? Turn it into a vision and run with it
Do you dream of being like Michael Jackson or Lecrae? Turn it into a vision and run with it.

KNOW THAT WHATEVER YOU SET YOUR HEART TO DO YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH IT. GOD AND THE DEVIL KNOWS THAT; ONLY YOU IS LEFT TO REALISE THAT

REFERENCE LETTERS


A reference letter which also can be called recommendation letter is a form of a letter in which the writer seeks to assess the skills, qualities, and character of the person who is recommended. A reference letter provides information on the person being referenced to convince the person seeking the reference to taking the individual referred. We can say that a reference letter speaks to a person’s academic qualification and performance, innate abilities, skills, expertise and general qualities.

 

WHY AND WHEN DO YOU NEED A REFERENCE LETTER?

Reference letters are usually required for jobs, admission to the higher institution of learning, scholarships and even in opening bank accounts. Reference letters are needed from a former employer, professor or teacher to confirm a person’s credibility, competence, integrity and the confirmation of the track record stated by you. Since reference letters are essential to your health of your testimony, then you have to be careful who you ask for a reference letter because many times, the reference letters are confidential and you don’t need anybody sabotaging you. You also need people who are knowledgeable about your areas of strength and expertise.

 

There are different types of reference letters, they are discussed below

 

CHARACTER REFERENCE LETTER

A character reference letter which is also called a Personal reference letter is a document usually provided by someone who can attest to your character and personality. This type is reference letter is written by someone other than your previous employer, family member or friend. This reference letter is more of an attestation to a person’s both in the workplace and outside the workplace. For example, the new employer would want to know if you are an angry or quarrelsome person who is capable of causing disruptions at work due to your random outburst or unmanaged emotional state. A professional association or institute may also need comfort from one or two of their members about the character of a prospective member. Here is a sample;

 

To whom it may concern,

Personal Reference: Johnson Shawntan

I have known Johnson Shawntan for seven (7) years as a professional colleague. I found him to be a person of unquestionable integrity.

Johnson has made several achievements, but he has maintained his humble way of doing things. He can quickly adapt himself to new systems and environment.

His interpersonal and communication skills are second to none among his friends.

I will not hesitate to recommend Johnson to you for admission into our great institute.

If you require any other additional information, please feel free to contact me on +1xxxxx48 or email to xxxxx@btcs.com.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours faithfully

Adule O. G.

 

STUDENT REFERENCE LETTER

Students usually need recommendation letters from their teachers, principles or professors to apply for admission, scholarship or research grant. Sometimes a student may not know who to ask or what to do, and so you would have to learn to draft letters requesting for reference from your teacher or professor.

Meanwhile, here is a student reference letter sample from a teacher:

To whom it may concern,

I am writing this reference letter for Jane Doe, who fortunately was my student whom I work with during her senior years at our prestigious college. I have watched Jane Doe grow and have had the opportunity to see her passions and doggedness as her Literature teacher.

Jane Doe is very diligent and hardworking, in fact, she is what I will call a natural intelligence and a team player in doing task both in and out of the classroom with an outstanding talent in cheerleading

Jane Doe is a patient and compassionate student and is the ideal candidate for your scholarship program

You can always contact me on my email, sunshine@outloo.com or my mobile phone, 01-234-5678.

 

sincerely,

Martha Dumas

Loretha College

Boston

 

JOB APPLICATION REFERENCE LETTER

New employers often ask new or prospective employees for a letter of reference for employment from their previous employer, school professor or professional colleague, employees, in turn, ask their employers for a letter of reference for employment. Note that this type of reference letter is written in business or formal style and must be edited. See a sample below:

 

Your Contact Information

Your Name

Your Address

Your City, State, Zip Code

Your Phone Number

Your Email Address

 

Date

Contact information of the company you are writing to

Name

Title

Company

Address

City, code, zip code

 

Dear sir/Ma

LETTER OF REFERENCE FOR EMPLOYMENT – OPEYEMI ABBATUTA

Opeyemi Abbatuta has worked with me for seven years as the project manager of our enterprise.

I found her to be a self-motivated person with integrity. Opeyemi has among others excellent written and oral communication skills, analytical and problem-solving skills; Team/people management skills; she has a practical and sound understanding of project management process. She is a certified project manager.

I will not hesitate to recommend Opeyemi to you for employment in your company.

If you require any other additional information, please feel free to contact me on +1xxxxx56 or email to aromeabikiaje@yahoo.com.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully

Frank K. G.

 

LEASE REFERENCE LETTER

This type of reference letter is writing and signed by a previous landlord and given to his tenant who is moving elsewhere. This letter can easily be asked by a tenant who had a good relationship with his landlord during his time of lease. Below is a sample of a Lease reference letter.

 

Name of Referee

Address of Referee

Date

To whom it may concern,

Re: Name of Tenant and property address

This reference letter is to confirm that the person named above is my tenant and has maintained the stated status quo since 2011.

He pays his rents and other accrued bills promptly. All through his stay, he was faithful, loyal and dependable. He maintained the apartment in excellent condition and leaving it so. He is friendly. He lived in peace with neighbors and kept his environment always tidy.

I have no reservation in recommending the person named above to you.

Do not hesitate to contact me for further inquiries and confirmation on my mobile phone.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Name of Referee

ENIGMA


ENIGMA

My eyes hold frozen tears

My heart bleeds from injuries inflicted on it

My lips are sore

My sole is covered with blisters

 

My skin peels away

Aged from the heat of the savannah

Thirst grips my throat

Rips it off like an enemy

 

I am crying out

But my words have become solid

So sublime is my voice

Nobody hears it

 

Fading into the night

I am but a silhouette

Christened with a form

Living without an identity

 

Perused through and through

But unable to find my definition

Dubbed a miniature by guilty culprits

I could only move stealthily not to awaken the lie

 

Oh! That tears would wash the pain in my soul

Bringing me out of my incognito

If only my smiles is no alias

Then I could start my journey to self-discovery

CLIMBING THE LADDER (success tips)


 

Don’t Stop There

I watched my eight months old son who is learning to walk as took steps and pulling me along as his support and he the guide, I was amused. As he led me enthusiastically and I sheepishly followed, he came to a point where he halted. On that spot was a sachet of milo which caught his attention and then he sat down leaving me to continue the journey if I so wish. At that moment, this thought I am about to share with you dawned on me.

 

Why Stop There?

How many times have you been distracted by talks, criticism, large cheque, huge pay, good recommendation and you either think you have arrived or you cannot go further?

 

How many times have you let go because you have tried over and again and have failed?

 

How many times have you settled there because you received an award in the office?

 

How many times have you settled there because you have gotten married and can boast of a child?

 

How have you come to settle because you have been able to land a job and you are content already?

 

You only settle in a place you think is the best. You only give up when you think it can’t get better. You only accept crumbs when you think its a favour being done to you.

 

So here is the truth, never stop growing until death snatches you away with its cold hands. Never stop learning until your grey hair falls to the ground. Never accept defeat until it brings out the best in you. Never think you have arrived because that idea only wastes you and destroy your potential. There is more you can achieve if you search within.

Steps to Take to Maintain Balance as You Climb the Ladder

  • Be conscious of every step you take
  • Take note of the number of quality books you read in a year
  • Look at your CV regularly to check what new qualification and skills you have added
  • Take assessment of yourself and let your friends, colleges do same for your so you can find out how well you are doing in your relationship with men and how you are growing
  • Make sure God remains at the helm of affairs in your life
  • Keep a tab on your friends and the qualities they contribute to your life

SUCCESS TIPS FOR GRADUATES


Every year, tonnes of students graduate from colleges, universities, colleges of education and other higher schools of learning. All of these graduates are released into the labour market, all looking for a good paying job. It certainly becomes paramount to find qualities that stand you out. One can’t just bank on the first class honours or second class upper because these days, many have such qualification. So how do you compete with others and win? This leads us to bring success tips that stand you out from the crowd.
1. Decide Your Fate
Map out a plan of action of what you want to do with your life and your certificate. Don’t be the person that just goes with the wind. Ask yourself what kind of work you enjoy doing, what do you enjoy doing without being paid, what are the things you have done successfully in the past and have added to your success story?

2. Seek Information
Before you go for an interview, research about the company and the industry in which company operates as much as you can. This information will help you ask questions and help you control the interview.
You seek information on the company and its culture, the duties of the position you are applying for and the major competitors in the industries. This enables you to tell your interviewers how you will be of benefit to them. Don’t be more bothered about passing the test.

3. Seek Ideas and Counsel
Ask questions from the right sources and the right people. When confused about the next step to take, ask a knowledgeable person in the field. Many graduates make the wrong choices because they don’t have the right information. Many times, our Nigerian graduates rush for their Masters degree without having any work experience, and this is not suitable for the Nigerian markets. Most employers would prefer professional certifications with your first degree or relevant work experience which can be gotten from volunteer work.

4. Never Stop Learning
Education never stops. Be open to learning new things. Read new books in your field and where you hope to be. Never be content with just getting a job, seek more fulfilling and achievable goals. For example, you are interested in investment then read books on great investors like Warren Buffet. You want to excel at your job, then read books written by Brian Tracy.

5. Use Your Social Media for Networking
Social media has become a vital tool for everyday life. You can take advantage of it to sell your skills and abilities and get relevant. Social media like LinkedIn are available for job searches and other networking advantages to help you land the right opportunity. It works because many have gotten jobs through social media. Follow people and trends that matter on Twitter and Instagram because some companies advertise vacancies on their social media handle.

6. Stay positive
You will achieve whatever it is you set your heart to do, and everything is possible to him who believes. Stay positive in every circumstance. Even in an interview, keep a positive outlook, when doing a job be positive and you can always conquer.

The listed points are just but a few which is necessary. For further consultation, reach out To SALTLAND CONSULTING through email: aromeabikiaje@yahoo.com

 

Our Nigerian Heritage


There has been so much talk of late about bringing back our heritage as a nation and as a group of people. Cultural reforms are being agitated for by many of our governors, youth forums, and social agitation group. These have led to re-establishing our pagan worship of deities and consulting shrines which only end up demanding a blood sacrifice whether human or animal; it has brought back some of our annual festivals like oro and the likes which draw on a curfew for indigenes.
It is interesting to know that we want to go back to our roots which without divine intervention will go into extension because even those in the villages and suburbs are losing it quickly, it will be wise to ask ourselves what is our heritage. Because when I hear about bringing back our culture, all I see and understand is bringing back our ancestral worship.
What is our heritage?
Family
Gone are the days where every community was a family; where everyone looked out for another. When every child was trained by everybody and every married man or woman was every child’s father and mother. It is popularly said that in Africa, the whole community raises a child but that is no more. Children can even come out of their house to play for fear of kidnapping for child trafficking or money ritual.

Honesty
My parents told me of times when sellers could leave their goods outside and go out. When a buyer comes by, he picks his products and drops money. That only looks like a mirage now. Doors today are under iron books with security doors. Even the economy of our nation is in jeopardy today because corruption has eaten into the depth of our system. Everyone only thinks of himself, of how to eat his share of the national cake and leave nothing for posterity.

Modesty
Where are the days when women got married before getting pregnant? Where are the days where a man is punished for putting a lady for which he hasn’t paid her dues in the family way? It was an honor to keep the marriage bed undefiled. The married woman is modest and faithful. The single girl is chaste. The young men are gainfully employed, and the government is working hard at maintaining the bond of unity.

Attire
If we are going on cultural reforms and have not our cultural attire a formal dress that can be worn to meetings and offices then what culture are we promoting? The western or the homeland culture. When my V.C came one time while I was in the university and mandated that Ankara cannot be worn again, I was left aghast. It couldn’t get worse when some churches made mandated all their workers to wear “corporate”. Who defines the word corporate in our land? The westerner who is stuck with his style? If we are talking about our heritage, then we should bring back our cultural wears. Even governors talking about going back to the roots are caught in this web.

Our heritage is not idol worship. We are more than that. We used to be a skillful and talented nation leading the frontiers of Africa. Nigeria was united even in her diversity for that only added to her color but what is it today? Innovations are killed by wanton politicians. Children caged and limited by their fathers. Parents are handing no value to their children. Elders are eaten all today and not leaving anything in store for posterity.

WHAT RECESSION TAUGHT US CONTD


We talked a great deal on RECESSION AND WHAT IT TAUGHT US some days back and we promised to continue. So we are back and you are welcome to join us on this ride,

THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
Keith Harrell wrote about the importance of attitude in his book “ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING” (A must read available in LOVINA BOOKS PALACE. Call 08050785807,09029584665). Keeping the right attitude at every time makes you accomplish the impossible, ask the right questions and get the correct answers to them. The bible says, “Seest a man diligent in his work, he shall stand before kings and not before vain men.” If you have a gift or talent and haven’t gotten a white-collar job, with the right attitude, you will find out that idleness is far from you. Do you know that you can find something to do in here and get paid for it? Yes, I said get paid for it. This information I delivered to you on a platter of gold was what I searched for for weeks. Get busy searching for the right answers.

Who you follow on social media matters a lot and its a determinant of your access to a pool of REAL information. Example of people to follow on twitter and facebook are Tung Tran, Steve Rendell, Dom Wells and much more who doll out success tips.

RIGHT PEOPLE, RIGHT INFORMATION.
Show me your friend, and I will tell you who you are, is not just a popular but a true saying. The bible says that Iron sharpens Iron. If you want to stop been mediocre then check the people you keep around you and what impact they have on you. Being around success driven people gives you access to tremendous and critical information. Sitting with lazy bones only makes you blame God and government for your poor condition.
The Lepers in the bible said to themselves, “Why sit we here till we die?” and that was the beginning of the abundance God had decided to release to his people. Your handicap is not your undoing but your key to greatness. Wake up, get up and stop giving excuses. Rather start providing solutions.

So when Peak milk said it’s in you, it was sure of what it was saying. Find the greatness hidden inside of you.
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