LOVE SERIES

so many times i hear around me, hey i love this guy, or i am in love with this girl. its become a regular thing among our generation that i ask myself do we all really know the true meaning of love?

normally, if i ask evri1 to start giving their opinion about what they thing love is, trust me, we wont get a similar answer and a whole rim of A4 paper wont be enough to give the different meaning of love.

but i think i can come up with a few definitions that i have heard in a while.

“love is when you show true affection to your partner, and take care of his/her needs” “love is when you put aside every other person just to stick to your partner” “to a married man, love is being there for your wife because you two have become one, and because she is the weaker vessel”

i can go on and on with various definitions of love. the way i see it, our definitions is how we see love.

i am not condemning any of the definitions, because what you see, is not what i see.

but then, i want to show us a little bit of different side to the definition of love. let’s just say i call it giving every letter a definition. the letters of love are L. O.V. E

we are going to pick it letter by letter and try to see what each means.

 L- LEARN: the major reason i like the letter “L” is because it start words like: LIKE, LIFE, LOOK, LEARN, LITTLE and so on and so forth. the one little thing i discovered with this words is the either refer to you, or someone/something around you. for example, you LIKE yourself or someone else. its your LIFE. you are either LOOKing around you or yourself or someone else, it goes on and on like that.

how many of us has tried at every point to learn something new every time about a friend, a brother, a sister, a parent, or even our spouse? the good thing about learning is that one you start, you don’t stop. so have we started learning or we feel we have known enough, or we don’t even know anything at all?

love learns. it learns every little details about whosoever it is showing itself to. the funniest thing is in even loving ourselves, we need to learn new things about our self, because we can never know ourselves completely. and if we are to love someone else as we love ourselves, it quite logical we learn something new about that person as we are learning something new about ourselves.

the thing with learning is you can never know enough, and you never stop learning. the minute you stop learning either about yourself or about the one/people you love, you actually stop loving them.

a friend said something to me one day “i am going to learn something new about you everyday, and I’ll keep a dairy of it, so that wen i feel i have enough, I’ll write a book about the things i have learnt from you”.

don’t stop learning something new about who you love. learn the good, the bad, the ugly, the tiniest details, learn them as they come, you would be surprise at what you will discover.

learning is an act of love. ladies its a two-way thing, don’t just say its only the man that should learn things about me, do also learn things about him. you just would be surprise that things he didn’t know he does, you would find it out for him.

learn something new today.

fun-filled weekend and a blessed week ahead.

 

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EFFICACY…

From God’s word, I do not think He gave us the option to doubt about anything… everything you can ever think of is wrapped up in the word…

[But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, he who formed you: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God…]

Isaiah 43:1-3…

… So go for the word… A word from God can change your life forever.

CREATING YOUR FUTURE THROUGH WORDS

Do you know what your future will be like?

You can know your future by just listening to what you are saying today.With your words you are prophesying your future.Your words have creative power, power to create your future.What you are experiencing today is the result of what you have said in the past. And what you say today will be what you will experience in your future.

People who are always talking sickness will see more sickness in their bodies.People who are always talking defeat and failure will experience more of the same in their future.

You have to realize that by your words you speak either blessing or curse over your future 

Right now things may not be as you would like it to be but you can start changing all of that by speaking how you would like things to turn out in future days.What do you desire?Speak it now.What do you want your future to look like?Start prophesying it today.Speak words of good health to your body, speak restoration to relationships, speak financial prosperity and promotion, speak favor of God and man, speak spiritual growth and on and on.With your words you are taking control over your life, for your words have power both in the natural and the spiritual realm.So bless your future with your words.

We were created in God’s image and likeness so we too can create our world around us.That doesn’t mean we have control over others but we do have control over how our own life turns out.

You must realize that it is not enough to think of good things happening to you, nor is it enough to just believe for some good changes in your life.Your faith works when you verbalize what you desire and believe God for. So you must take promises from God’s Word and declare them over your life and future.

Your words are seeds that you plant.Speak faith today and plant some seeds for future crops.Then angels will assist you to bring it to pass. 

Ps 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. KJV

With your words you call for the things that you desire, 

Rom 4:17 …and calleth those things which be not as though they were. KJV

You can’t speak of things as they are if you want something different, but rather you must speak of things as you want them to be.Speaking of things as they are will bring more of the same into your future; more defeat, more failure, more sickness, more financial difficulties, more unemployment, more of the same. 

Your words have creative power for they are spiritual.So create victory with your words, create health with your words, create promotion with your words, and create favor with God and man with your words.

Start declaring, “I know things have looked bad for me but I know that with God’s help and the angels assisting me, things just cannot stay the same for me.God is working things out for me because I know He loves me and cares for me.I am not alone in this for I know that God is faithful and will not forsake me.”

You will need to stop complaining and start declaring things as you desire them to be.Complaining brings more of the same.Things just won’t get any better.The more you talk about being depressed, the more depressed you will be.The more you talk about being overweight, the more overweight you will be.You need to stop complaining and start declaring how hopeful you are today, how faithful God is, how easy it is to lose weight, and on and on. 

The bible says, Ps 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,KJV

If you are going to receive the benefits of Christ’s redemption for you, then you have to say so.Ps 107:2 doesn’t say, “Let the redeemed of the Lord think so.”And neither does it say, “Let the redeemed of the Lord believe so.”No, it clearly say, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”

It’s important what you think and believe but it is when you speak something is when the supernatural happens.There is a connection between what you say and what God does.

Ps 91:2-4 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.4[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. AMP

You say and God does.You have your part and He has His.

Find scripture promises and speak them out, such as these, 

3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. KJV

Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. KJV

Speak that God is your Healer, your Physician, your Miracle Worker, your Protector, your Counselor, your Provider, and your Provision.Speaking it gives God the right to get involved.

When you don’t speak faith words, that means that no faith is released in your situation to bring about the changes you desire and then you can only expect naturally what would take place in your situations:calamity, desperation, loss, financial failure, sickness and disease, just more of the same.

You are not to speak of things as they are but how you want them to be if you are serious about change.

Joel 3:10 …let the weak say, I am strong. KJV

Since God declares that you were healed by Jesus’ stripes, then you must declare you are healed right now, present tense.Since God declared that all of your needs are met, then you must declare they are met right now, present tense.

The bible tells us that we eat the fruit of our words 

Prov 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. KJV

The bible tells us that we set the course for our lives by our words, 

James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.NIV

Are you where you want to be today?If you aren’t and you want things to be even better, then you will have to start declaring a better future with your words, start declaring your end from the beginning. (Isa 46:10)

Maybe you have been discouraged because you have been speaking faith words over your situation but you still don’t see any change.Here’s a scripture that will help you, 

Heb 10:23 So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.AMP

You have to be determined you are not going to speak negative words.You have to be determined that no matter how long it takes and no matter how it looks, you are going to stay in faith and not complain and know that God is behind the scenes working it out.

If you have big dreams, then you must continually declare and give thanks for extraordinary favor of God and man; because every day you will have things show up that try to make you believe nothing is happening and nothing is changing.Gives thanks for doors opening, supernatural intervention, divine appointments and connections and that the Lord directs you so that you are always at the right place at the right time.

You will see the future that you desire if you will declare it.You will say and He will do. (Ps 91:2, 3a, 4a)

The S.E.E.D

The ADVANtage

Every seed produces a fruit, every fruit produces a seed. It means that there is no end to life, no end to greatness. Every great milestone has in itself a potential milestone.

The challenge we are facing is that we are looking to pluck the fruit rather than sow the seed.

This is your S.E.E.D;

S= Sight, you need to see not look, you can’t feature in a future you did not picture.
E= Education, it simply means you need to learn, acquire knowledge. If God said His people perish because they lack knowledge, it means the seed to live is in knowledge.
E= Exceptional/ Excellence, if you do what others do the same way they do it, you get the same result, so do it differently going an extra mile.
D=Diligence, Prov.22:29, have you seen a man diligent in his business? He will stand before kings and not mere men.

Sow your seed and you will pluck fruits of greatness, it lies within you… When God said let there be greatness and there is ‘YOU’… 
Don’t forget, its for your advantage

PEACE BE STILL

I would like to share today on how God speaks and calms the storm.

Mark 4:35, …let us go over to the other side. Mark 4:37, and there arose a great storm of wind… 

For most of us, we have taken the giant stride in moving towards fulfilling our purpose, we know where we are headed and we are really sure we are going over to the other side… but… the storm arises, we are faced with challenges and really in need of the storm to settle. Doubts begin to fill our minds and we are unsure if we are really on the right track. The storm was so great that the ship was full.

Are you so overwhelmed by what you are going through at the moment? Are you doubting the direction you are in?… Jesus arose and rebuked the wind saying “peace be still” it means that God still speaks even in the storm… He speaks through His word assuring us of an expected end(Jeremiah 29:11) 

This new week, as you journey over to the other side, be conscious that you also can speak and calm the storms in your life just as Jesus did…

“I speak peace into everything that concerns me… Peace be still…I’m going over to the other side… I am Triumphant”

Don’t forget, its for your advantage.

TESTIMONY

The ADVANtage

In every school calendar, there’s always a period of lectures and the period of tests and exams. Some of us get scared at the time of tests and exams, ranting about our in-capabilities and how unprepared we are. 

Now, I am beginning to understand the spiritual aspect of the examination period. It means that I have stayed too long in 100Level and its time to go up. The time for exams suggest that its about time to be promoted. We need to understand that the test and tough times we are going through is the sign that promotion is round the corner. 

Testimony for me is a yoruba word; test ti moni(the test I had). So, what do I do when going through this seemingly hard time, I should rejoice knowing that faithful is He that called me and He won’t leave me without help… (1corinthians 10:13).

Friend, tough times never last, but tough people do, winners never quit… Hold on to God during your test and trials, your testimony is here… don’t forget, its for your advantage.

Ayo Opeyemi
House of Sparks

Courage

The ADVANtage

I woke up this Monday morning with an ’empty head’ there were so many thoughts flowing, yet it still seemed I was blank. I realized suddenly that I woke up doing the wrong thing- I was worried. I have been worried about how the day was going be, I had many things I wanted to achieve and it all overwhelmed me and made me weak.

In a moment, I snapped out of my misery remembering what has brought thus far and little by little my heart became lighter and I became strong enough to face my day.

You may have been in my shoes, having worries ‘thicker’ than mine but to face your day- this is what I did…

Nehemiah 8:10b, the Joy of the Lord is your strength
Psalm 37:5, commit everything you do to the Lord, trust him and he will help you
Philippians4:6-7, don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience Gods peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and mind…

This is the best way to have a great week… Don’t forget its for your advantage

Have a great week ahead.. God bless

CROSS ROADS- WHAT TO DO WHEN CONFUSED

Have you ever had those times where you were confused about the direction you should go in or your best next steps forward?

I know that some of the most challenging times were those times when I just didn’t have the answers. I knew something was “off” and needed to change, but I was unsure if what I was doing was going to get me to the “light at the end of the tunnel”.

I can remember exactly how heavy that felt. I was literally questioning everything and my mind would just run endlessly. I was confused and worried about the future and how things would play out totally overshadowed the day I was experiencing. But, as awful as some of those days felt, they left me with an important takeaway message –

ALIGN YOUR THOUGHTS
The battlefield where all the rage and war is taking place is in the mind which is the center of our thoughts. In times like this, we actually do not think straight because the anxiety fast-forwards the process. So, all I did was sit on floor in the center of my bedroom legs crossed inhaling and exhaling till I felt safe enough to think. It takes a conscious effort to think and most importantly to think the right thoughts.

Choose to overshadow any worries or uncertainty. This is an active process and you’ve got to be very deliberate about managing any worries. Don’t deny they are there. Let them rise to the surface, but then continually remind yourself that everything will work out. Create the good habit of focusing on what you know deep down — everything really will unfold perfectly.

DECIDE TO DECIDE
Not taking a decision on its own is a decision, so the best thing to do is make conscious effort to make a decision. If you only align your thoughts without been ready to decide then you have just stepped out as a sheep amongst the wolves because that same thought will devour you.

SEE GOD
God is always a factor in our lives, He know what we going through and He can calm our tempered mind.
I have compiled few scriptures that helped me, it can help you too.

(Proverbs3:5-6KJV) (5) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

(Psalms 32:8 KJV) (8) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
(Psalms55:22KJV) (22) Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

(Isaiah43:2KJV) (2) When thou passest through the waters, I {will be} with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

(Isaiah30:21KJV) (21) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This {is} the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

(Philippians4:6-7KJV) (6) be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

BE PATIENT
Patiently wait for any answers or direction you are looking for, but make sure you are taking steps forward today by living it in the best way possible. Always remember that the way you create the future you want, is by living today in the best way you can.

Don’t forget… it’s for your advantage.

THE POWER OF THOUGHTS- USING AFFIRMATIONS

PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME, “What are affirmations and how can I use them?” An affirmation is any statement that we make—whether positive or negative. If affirmations are used consistently, they become beliefs and will always produce results, sometimes in ways that we cannot even imagine.

I’ve always said, “Life is simple. What we give out, we get back.” We can say out loud or think to ourselves one affirmation all day long, such as All is well, over and over and over. Or we can have a list of 20 affirmations and just say or write one each day. The number of times that we say or write an affirmation is really up to each individual.

When we concentrate on these affirmations and start to change our way of thinking, our inner voice immediately reacts to these new thoughts in one of two ways: with fear or with love. If we sense fear, then we need to say to ourselves, “Thank you for sharing. This is a thought that I’ll be sending you many times, so get used to it!” It’s as if our mind is a filing cabinet and these thoughts are new folders that we’re placing in it.

This is the moment when you’re either enjoying or not enjoying your life. What you’re feeling now is creating your tomorrows. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to know? You are in charge of your life!

You don’t have time to waste on negative thinking because it only creates more of what you say you don’t want. If you’re doing positive affirmations and you’re not getting the results you want, then check to see how often during the day you allow yourself to feel bad or upset. These emotions are exactly what’s delaying the manifestation of your affirmations and stopping the flow of your good.

We live in an ever-expanding, unlimited Universe. The possibilities available to us are far beyond what our human minds can imagine. The only thing that ever limits us is our thinking. We waste our thoughts thinking of limitations. Our thoughts are so precious. Every thought we think is creating our future. Every thought!

Each time we think a thought that makes us feel bad in any way, it’s a wasted thought. Not only have we wasted an opportunity to think a positive thought and create a great life for ourselves, we’ve added to the pile of negative thoughts that bring uncomfortable experiences to us.

Each thought is precious. We can learn to think in positive affirmations. Yes, it takes a bit of doing to gain control over our thoughts; however, the rewards are tremendous. The past has no power over us. Even problems have no power over us. Our power lies in the thoughts that we choose to think today. Remember, there are endless opportunities for good before us.

We can think happy thoughts. We can think positive thoughts. We can say, “Yes, I can do it!”  We can think thoughts that make us feel joyous. We can learn to think only about all the good in the world. We can lift our thoughts up. We can greet the day with a smile. We can let the world know that we’re happy to be alive. We can express gratitude at every turn. We can love our bodies. We can be our best friend. By our actions, we’ll be an example for our children. Just by watching us, they’ll learn how to create a happy and fulfilling life.

Our reward is that we get to watch day by day as our lives turn into the most joyous, loving, healthy, prosperous, fabulous experiences. And this will last for all the rest of our days on Earth. So train yourself to think thoughts that make you feel good. That way, you’ll always be creating your life out of joy and in joy. Joy always brings more to be joyous about.

Affirm: I am the only thinker in my mind; and I choose to think joyous, happy, loving, positive thoughts 24/7. I love Life and Life loves me.

Keep Hope Alive

The ADVANtage

Keep Hope Alive

Too many of us today have had desires in the past that seems not to come alive, it could be towards our career, our family, or even our society. So, today we just live as the day comes without ambition or exalted plans and prospects.

There is a way we can achieve our desires by keeping hope alive. All we need to do is in the words of Barbara Kingsolver- “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof”

So KeepHopeAlive- its for your advantage

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Ayo Opeyemi