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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

THE TRUE SECRET OF SUCCESS


 

Readings:

Malachi 3:13-20

Psalm 1:1-4,6

Luke 11:5-13

 

"Our Daily Bread" devotion recently shared this story:

“In 2001, a premature baby named Christopher Duffley surprised doctors by surviving. At five months old, he entered the foster care system until his aunt’s family adopted him. A teacher realized that four-year-old Christopher, though blind and diagnosed with autism, had perfect pitch. Six years later at church, Christopher stood on stage and sang, ‘Open the Eyes of My Heart.’ The video reached millions online. In 2020, Christopher shared his goals of serving as a disability advocate. He continues to prove that possibilities are limitless with the eyes of his heart open to God’s plan.” This post resonated immediately with me because I meet a lot of people who complain about the various restrictions to their desired goals in life, ranging from personal insecurities to family and societal factors. But here is a person who survived even though everything around him seemed determined to kill him and his purpose. The truth is that nothing can stop you if you know the power you possess. You are more powerful than whatever is out there. The only obstacles to your goals are those you allow to stand in your way.


In today’s scripture readings, we see the power that God gives to us his creatures. Prophet Malachi says that those who fear God’s name will shine forth with divine healing rays (Malachi 3). The Psalmist adds that happiness is the lot of those who trust in God and flee from evil and their perpetrators (Psalm 1). Jesus assures us that nothing is denied to those who persistently A.S.K (ask, seek and knock) God for blessings (Luke 11). The combination of filial obedience, trust and persistence in following God is the true secret of success in every facet of life.


Here are a few things to note today:

  • Pray from your heart like everything depends on it.

  • Put your skills to work because nothing good comes easy.

  • Refuse to take “No” for an answer.

  • Seek guidance from those who can mentor you to achieve your goals.

  • Keep good company and flee from evil and destructive ones.

  • Value your good name and build a reputation that speaks for you.

  • Desire for others what you desire for yourself.

  • Your hardship should refine you into a sweet personality.

  • Do not allow anger to fester in your heart. Identify what you are angry about and resolve it.

  • Live like today is all you have and be grateful for all you have and are.

  • Appreciate the people who have been there for you and never take them for granted.

  • Become the person (or parent) you wish you had in your life.

JUDE-MARY OWOH


 

Prayer:

  1. No weapon formed against me shall prosper and no obstacle in the way of my success and wellbeing shall stand, in Jesus name.

  2. Abound in the grace of God and TRUST IN Him always. Amen

  3. Heavenly Father, I place myself, together with all that I love and cherish, all I fear and abhor, all I desire and wish for, all I value and respect, all I hope and pray for, my past, present and future into Your loving hands. I trust Your will and decision over my life. May Your will prevail in me through Christ our Lord. Amen

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