Success Made Certain.

A great sage in Japan was visited by a fighter.

The fighter was afraid of losing and asked for guidance. The sage told him not to worry, not to be afraid. He said he had a powder that would make him unbeatable. He told him it made everyone else he gave it to unbeatable as well.

The fighter listened intently. The sage then gave him the powder and told him how to mix it with water every day.

He said that if he drank it in water before his fights he would be assured of victory. This powder would give him strength, speed and stamina, it would make him invincible!

For many years afterwards this fighter was unstoppable. He never lost a single bout. He was absolute perfection, just as the sage predicted.

The Real Powder

Then one day the fighter visited the sage to ask for more information about the powder. He wanted to know why it was so powerful and what was in it that made it so effective. At this point the sage asked the fighter to follow him.

The sage led the fighter to a shed where food supplies were stacked. He reached into a sack, grabbed a handful of powder and let it fall form his hands.

“This is the magic powder I gave you”, said the sage.

The fighter drew closer to the sack and proceeded to read the writing on the bag. Before the fighter could open his mouth the sage said, “Its flour. I gave you flour used for baking!”

“You gave me what?” Said the fighter. “Flour?”

“Yes, I gave you flour.” said the sage. “And this proves that you won the fights because you had the ‘knowing’ that the powder gave you everything you needed to succeed.

It is this ‘knowing’ that causes success or failure. You could’ve succeeded without the powder if you ‘knew’ you would. When you ‘know’ something, there is no doubt. No resistance. When you ‘know’ something, your mind, body, and the power of heaven and earth conspire to make it come to reality. According to your ‘knowing’ you have achieved your victories. Now go back to your training ‘knowing’ what you do now, as you did with the powder … and victory will be yours!

Great story right?

*Culled

OUT OF ZION 004 | OPPORTUNITY AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY

November 15, 2015          Volume 1, Issue 004

OPPORTUNITY AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Ecc 9:10

… But time and chance happen to them all. Ecc 9:11

For those in relationship with God, the pursuit of the future is the pursuit of the plan of God. The bible discusses the plan in terms of the future. Jer 29:11. The plan is God’s thought towards you, not your initiative or choice (Jn 15:16); it is for your welfare, not for calamity; to give you a future and an expectation. When God reveals the future to you, he gives you an expectation of (cord for) it, to conjoin you with the future, so that you can look reliably forward to it (Pro 23:18)

To realise that future and hope you need to do more than reading history to making history. To make history, there are a few things you need to know:

  1. Treat your situation as a tunnel and not as a terminus, for life is a journey. You have to be on the move to avoid doing a grave injustice to the plan for your life. The victories recorded, which are just partial fulfillment of expectation, are the reason why some choose to rest. This shouldn’t be, as resting (unnecessarily) while there is a journey ahead leads to idleness, distraction and deflection from purpose (Num 25:1).
  2. Be the solution by living your vision now. It has to be real to you now for it to be realised. Solutions look beyond the problems by refusing to be a part of the trending problem. This is the notion behind the call for Christians to live a separated and not a segregated life. 1 Cor 5:9-10; 2 Cor 6:11-18. Without leaving the situation you can come out of the problem. Refuse to be part of the unrighteousness; mediocrity; self-seeking attitude; local-mindedness and acceptance of the status quo. Participating in the problem jeopardises a man’s potential to be a solution and history maker.
  3. Identify opportunities for in every problem is an opportunity and a key to success– Ecc 9:11.. Most people miss out on opportunity because they look for it a) as benefit – to receive and not to give; b) in a big form – despising the little offers of life; and c) in a very cheap way – someone to give it to them. The youth will blame the older generation for not giving them opportunities, whereas they have it all around them. Opportunities come in ways you least expected. You have to discern what many look for but only a few see to make history.
  4. Utillise opportunities for there is no better time for a recognised opportunity than now. Time and space will always respond with opportunities, especially to those who are solution conscious. The gifts of those who don’t wait for offers, but know to take right action and offer solutions, will cause others to stand aside for them. While some think more in terms of position, title, and office; trailblazers think in terms of action. Whatever their hands find to do, they do it (well). Their right actions recommend them later.
  5. Be God-centred and not self-centred. Self-centred people do not utilise opportunities simply because they often don’t hold direct or immediate benefits. With such opportunities, however are the connecting dots towards the future.

The awaited future of a nation and individuals become realistic when we take every opportunity seriously and within these opportunities lie the potentials for us to be history makers.