IT’S GLORY ALL THE WAY (By Fenny West)

*IT’S GLORY ALL THE WAY

IT’S GLORY ALL THE WAY*

Because He has paved the way

With His precious blood

And given us His unfailing word.

We are not moved by what we see

But by what we believe

Or Saviour is the Master of the Sea

We shall receive what we have conceived

It is from glory to glory

And from strength to strength

Because of the High and Holy

Not because our might or strength

Be a Guiding Light ( by Fenny West)

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Be a Guiding Light
Wherever you are
Shine, even at night
His hands and feet you’re.

 

Just walk as He walked
Obeying the word
And talk as He talked
Saying what He heard.

 

Be like a lighthouse
Give light to the lost
Be bold- not a mouse
‘Cause He made you just

 

Be salt of the earth.

His ambassador

Not scum of the earth

But come to restore.

Believers Are Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matt5:13-16
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal5:22-23

Beautiful Fruitful Bow (by Fenny West)

 

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Joseph was a beautiful fruitful bow, born after barrenness that visited Rachel for a long time. She who was barren sang when Joseph was born. His Father,  Jacob was elated. At last the woman he loved had given him a child, even though at his old age. Jacob celebrated his son with a coat of many colours. This brought jealousy and disdain and persecution from his brothers. Joseph suffered greatly but all his trials and tribulations were a stepping stone to a higher ground. Those archers who shot at him propelled him into his destiny. Joseph trusted in his God and displayed, purity, integrity, excellence, industry that set him apart from other. This fruitful bow prevailed over the archers flaming arrows and became a Prime Minister in a foreign land. Favour followed him wherever he went because of the mighty God of Jacob, his God. As you trust in this same God, regardless of the arrows that are shot at you, you too will prevail and fulfil your vision.

The Son of Jesse

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The Son of Jesse

With mother not married

Yet with a destiny

impressive and varied.

 

Ushered a New Beginning

Not without much palaver

From insane Saul- the King

Who was as cruel as Lucifer.

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Beloved was his name

And his music so, so sweet

His Psalms brought him fame

Everywhere on every street.

 

Playing for deranged King Saul

Her was healed and refreshed

And even delivered tall

So much to be relieved and blessed.

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As a boy, Goliath felled

Turning on the light for Israel

In God’s secret place he dwelt

And so will his music forever sell.

 

 

When women’s silly songs

Made him Saul’s enemy

Brought him so much pain and wrong

Unexpected protracted acrimony.

 

Deliverer became a fugitive

In the camp of the Philistines

Yet he was able to forgive

When the King was netted in his inn.

 

The psalms and poems kept coming

In waves, in leaps and bounds

From his wilderness wanderings

Leaving and indelible endearing sound.

 

Then one day, Saul and son fell

And he wrote a sweet psalm for them

So deeply mournful, it went down well

God was his root and his stem.

 

Man after God’s own heart

Man sold out to God

Loving Him with all his heart

Wallowing daily in His word.

 

This was a man of courage

Man of great incredible faith

Started living for God at an young age

And went from strength to strength.

 

Absalom, his son usurped his throne

Sending dad fleeing, crest fallen

Disinherited by bone of his bone

With a payment for forgiveness given.

 

The usurper was caught by his hair

His beauty became his snare

Cutting himself off as an heir.

Many wee gobsmacked as they stared.

Dad wept bitterly for the lad

To the dismay of his henchmen

His deep sorrow made them feel bad

They felt like those trapped in a lion’s den.

 

 

When kings went to war

The King stayed at home

It was against the law

Soon his eyes began to roam.

 

Then he beheld beautiful Bathsheba bathing

Could not take his longing eyes away

Soon lust of the flesh and eyes were beckoning

And the man of God fell headlong, went astray.

 

 

God would not spare the King

Sent Prophet Nathan on an errand

It was a great task- very difficult thing

But the prophet followed God’s command.

 

 

 

The King was approached with wisdom

An allegory was his window of opportunity

And soon the repented of his whoredom

His sin he admitted and pleaded guilty.

 

 

Out came the psalm of contrition

Psalm fifty-one: against You, I have sinned

From this we learn a great lesson

None is immune from sin.

 

Solomon came soon after

A King with wisdom beyond compare

Also endowed with wealth like no other

Carried the baton like his father.

 

God is all-knowing and all-seeing

You can run but you can’t hide

But He is also forgiving

When we repent without pride.

 

 

 

He was a man of covenant

Understood the meaning of friendship

As forgiving as he was gallant

Even death did not end relationship.

 

Jonathan-his friend, he honoured

As Mephibosheth he restored

The cripple was elevated

Even though he was very surprised.

 

This man recycled men rejected

Into a formidable mighty army

His fighting spirit in them injected

And they routed every enemy.

 

He fell many, many times

But he sought the face of God

And God answered many, many times

In keeping with His word.

 

 

This man teaches us courage, devotion

Discipline, dexterity, leadership, contrition

Compassion, friendship, covenant knowledge

Repentance, honour, patience, faith, pledge

Love, wisdom, determination, boldness, kindness

Industry, creativity, diligence, focus and fear of God.

 

2 Samuel 23

1 Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:

 

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Good Parenting is Pertinent

THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (3) by Bob Gas   (Word for Today)
‘…Your   thoughts…are the source of true life.’ Proverbs   4:23
Teach   your child to ask themselves these two questions: 1) ‘How will I feel   afterwards?’ What outlasts our decisions are the subsequent feelings of   self-respect versus shame, and positive self-worth versus negative   self-worth. Our actions ultimately become history, but our thoughts about   them continue to shape our future. ‘Carefully guard your thoughts because   they are the source of true life.’ Children with self-respect are much less   likely to indulge in promiscuous sex, drugs, drinking, antisocial and illegal   behaviours. Self-respect and self-worth are internal standards which we are   loathed to violate. Giving in to selfish choices is like abandoning the moral   core of our being-the sacred soul God gave us. 2) ‘How will the people I   value feel about me after this decision?’ The trust and respect of others is   always needed to succeed. Reputation trumps money, even in the secular   marketplace. ‘Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high   esteem is better than silver or gold’ (Proverbs 22:1 NLT). Poor decision   making can earn us a reputation that’ll haunt our prospects indefinitely. ‘A   person who plans (chooses) evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker’   (Proverbs 24:8 NLT). When you get a negative reputation, it’s hard to recover   from it (Proverbs 25:10 NLT). The short-term benefits of making poor   decisions lead to long-term losses and regrets. The person God blesses must   ‘…exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation…’   (1Timothy 3:2 NLT).
THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (2)by Bob Gas     (Word for Today)
‘…A   man reaps what he sows.’ Galatians   6:7
Somebody   said, ‘Yard by yard life is hard, inch by inch life’s a cinch!’ For their   life to go right, your children must learn to think right. So teach them to   ask: 1) ‘What are my options in this situation?’ But do it with the right   attitude. If your face is like thunder when you talk to them, they’ll run for   cover. Brainstorm with them, writing down every option that’s offered. Tell   them that no answers are wrong and no idea will be judged as silly; all   suggestions are accepted and valued. You’re priming their creative pump,   encouraging them to think for themselves. 2) ‘What benefits come from each option?’   The goal is not to coerce them, but for them to discover and embrace the   truth for themselves. And that comes through patience, not pressure. Ask them   to list which benefits seem most important to them. 3) ‘What negative   consequences come from each option?’ Children can be brutally honest. That’s   okay; it’s just part of learning God’s cause-and-effect law of sowing and   reaping. Indeed, many adult regrets could have been avoided by following this   law. Don’t preach or rant about how terrible the consequences are. Teach them   to question themselves, ‘Am I willing to accept the consequences? How would   they change my life?’ 4) ‘What personal values are involved in this   decision?’ Values-based decisions call us to the high road rather than the   path of least resistance. Suggest some godly values as primers, such as   truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, responsibility, compassion,   friendship, self-denial, courage, honour, faith, etc. Break it down small for   younger children, but don’t miss your opportunity.
THE   MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD (1)by Bob Gas  (Word for Today)
‘…Choose   for yourselves this day whom you will serve…’ Joshua   24:15
Good   decision making is the key to a happy life. But good decision making is not a   skill some of us are naturally blessed with, while poor decision making is a   handicap others are born with. Courage, education, or the ageing process   doesn’t automatically produce better decision makers. Spending time with good   decision makers is wise, but it doesn’t rub off on you. And the earlier you   teach this skill to your children, the better (Proverbs 22:6). So teach your   children the following principles: 1) The consequences you get are the result   of the choices you make. Let your children know it’s not their circumstances,   but decisions they make about them, that govern their lives. You may think   your children know this, but they don’t. Their ‘wiring problem’ makes ’cause   and effect’ difficult to connect until their brain reaches later adolescence.   Asking, ‘What were you thinking about?’ will just invite the famous shoulder   shrug and blank stare. They’re not stupid-they just need guidance. 2) You   will always have options. Children commonly feel powerless and hopeless when   reacting to negative circumstances. They tend to be ‘either/or’ thinkers,   concluding that things are either all good or all bad. Teach them ‘both/and’   thinking, because things can be bad yet you can choose to make good decisions   about them. ‘Either/or’ thinking frequently produces children who become   pessimistic, disempowered, easily manipulated, depressed adults. Knowing they   always have good options prevents circumstances from dictating their lives.

Let Your Bow Abide in His Strength

Genesis 49:24

His bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.

C.H. Spurgeon

That strength which God gives to His Josephs is real strength; it is not a boasted valour, a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which ends in smoke; it is true-divine strength. Why does Joseph stand against temptation? Because God gives him aid. There is nought that we can do without the power of God. All true strength comes from “the mighty God of Jacob.” Notice in what a blessedly familiar way God gives this strength to Joseph-“The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.” Thus God is represented as putting His hands on Joseph’s hands, placing His arms on Joseph’s arms. Like as a father teaches his children, so the Lord teaches them that fear Him. He puts His arms upon them. Marvellous condescension! God Almighty, Eternal, Omnipotent, stoops from His throne and lays His hand upon the child’s hand, stretching His arm upon the arm of Joseph, that he may be made strong! This strength was also covenant strength, for it is ascribed to “the mighty God of Jacob.” Now, wherever you read of the God of Jacob in the Bible, you should remember the covenant with Jacob. Christians love to think of God’s covenant. All the power, all the grace, all the blessings, all the mercies, all the comforts, all the things we have, flow to us from the well-head, through the covenant. If there were no covenant, then we should fail indeed; for all grace proceeds from it, as light and heat from the sun. No angels ascend or descend, save upon that ladder which Jacob saw, at the top of which stood a covenant God. Christian, it may be that the archers have sorely grieved you, and shot at you, and wounded you, but still your bow abides in strength; be sure, then, to ascribe all the glory to Jacob’s God.

Measure of a Man

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is not where he stands

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God is not interested in your comfort but in your character.

So stand out for good reasons. Be a salt of the earth and a city on a hill; a light in darkness. Never follow the crowd. Dare to be different to make a difference. Evil prevail when good people are silent. Rosa Parks sat to make a stand. If you stand for nothing, you will fall for everything. Stand by your convictions no matter how inconvenient.

 

Horses for Courses

Horses for Courses

 

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When the horses have galloped

Gallantly into courses

And entered man’s menu

Disguised as beef

What is the beef?

 

‘Never mind if it is a delicacy in France,

But the problem is I am not French.’

What else do we have in disguise?

Dog? Cat? Frog? Snake?

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The Business Race ( By Fenny West)

 

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Running the Business Race

As you and I embark on the road to fulfilling our dream, vision and assignment, we have good intensions. We are motivated to go for it. We need to continue to press on and not lose momentum and fall by the wayside. Life is full of unfinished business and projects; life is littered with a clutter of abandoned dreams that were shelved because there was a roadblock, a barrier or problem. That was why we needed to write down our vision so we could see it to give us focus; that was why we needed to have a business plan to discipline us to look closely at our vision to put some flesh on the bones.

Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is the real deal. We only get one chance! There is no reincarnation. Once you finish, you finish. You are not coming back. This is it! So go with it with a sense of destiny. Run according to the rules so you don’t end like Lance Armstrong or Jimmy Saville. You are made to win. Let your dream be big- bigger than you. Let it be more than bettering your life but to make a difference to humanity.  Leave a mark that is indelible, irrefutable, distinguished, incredible,

We are like athletes preparing to run a race. We need to train very hard, discipline ourselves, yield to the instruction and grooming of our coaches- our mentors. These are people who have gone where we have not been.

There will be challenges our journey. Let us be brave, courageous, bold at such times and not buckle under the pressure. Challenges can create untold chances. Challenges will stretch us and bring us into new threshold of strength unknown to us. Let us keep our heads down and humble ourselves to learn from those who have been established in their business.

Our business plan and vision statement are tools to help us focus on our dreams and avoid being sidetracked or shipwrecked.

We want, not just to start, but to finish and finish strong, not hobble up to the finishing line. We need to know how to pace ourselves so that we don’t run out of steam.

Let us help each other because we need each other. We need to see beyond the natural and see a grand stand of those who have finished and gone, cheering us up: ‘Go on, finish up, you can make it. We made it, so can you.’

Let us cultivate good habits that will move us forward, not backward. Let’s discipline ourselves, review our goals, vision and skills and think productively and positively. ’As he thinks, so he is.’

Let’s submit ourselves to a process of development. Being a champion takes time. It’s a process.

We have entered the ‘School of Hard Knocks’.  It’s not an easy road. Let us make up our minds to make it, despite the obstacles we will face. This preparation time is crucial to our survival and will determine whether we struggles, strive, or thrive.

In any race, a good start is very important. A false start can ruin your chances of winning. It can lead to your disqualification. It can give an edge to your opponent or fellow competitors. No matter what your dream is, you have competitors. I do too. What will make you stand out is your ability to let your uniqueness make you different. Do not start out to be a photo –copy of someone else, it’s taken. Be yourself!

Have the right gear in your race, the right tools so you’re not slowed down. Those who are well-prepared will seize any opportunity that presents itself. You don’t start preparing when the opportunity comes. It’s too late then.

Run in the right lane and in the right direction. Run with integrity. Run straight. Above all, run the right race. Do not run a race that your friend is running and making lots of money. Run a race that you are called and wired to run. That is where you will have fulfilment. Provision is in the vision.

Confront your weaknesses. Identify them and do something about them. Work on them.

Identify your strengths too and use them to move you forward. Have an honest appraisal. Don’t blow your top. Seek help where you need help. Have your priorities right. Don’t run before you can walk. Start small and build up gradually.

Know that there will be moments of disappointment. Things will not fall into your lap always. The bank may disappoint you. Your suppliers may disappoint you. Your customers may not pay on time. You will need to be prepared for such eventualities. You need to know how to handle such situations.  Cash-flow problem would stare you in the face from time to time. You need to know how to take a determined stance to avoid keeling over the precipice like the fiscal cliff that America faced. You do not passively accept everything that comes your way as “What will be will be.”. You may need to confront your enemy. Sadly, often the enemy is in us, Ene-My, INI ME’- the bad habits, pride, lack of organisation, carelessness etc.

We must learn to deny ourselves especially in the early years. Most businesses pack up in the early years because the owners were not willing to make sacrifices. Delay your gratification. Do not eat your investment fund.  Don’t look for a big car soon after you start or even premises. You can start in your house until things get better. Do not start hiring people to please the government because they gave you a loan. Know the implications of hiring people. Hire people when you are ready as not to go under. Hire the right people who have a similar vision, or who understand your vision and would add value to it, not people who just want a job to earn money.

The Key to Prosperity (By Fenny West)

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The Key to Prosperity 

 

The key to prosperity.

Is to trust the Almighty

Lean not on your own understanding

Or carnal understanding,

But on the Spirit of God,

To illuminate the Word,

Give you spiritual insight,

That will lift you to new heights;

Beyond the natural plane;

Beyond the temporal plane;

To the supernatural;

To that which is eternal.

 

Trust is the Key to prosperity

 

Obedience   and willingness bring prosperity and longevity- lasting legacy.

 5     Trust in the LORD with all your   heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

6     In all your ways   acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

7     Do not be wise in   your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.Prov3:5-7

25   He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.

Prov28:25

God teaches us how to make profit

‘…I am the Lord…who teaches you to profit…’ Isaiah 48:17

12   Then Isaac sowed in   that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.

13        The man began to prosper, and   continued prospering until he became very prosperous;

19   If you are willing   and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land.

Isa1:19

18   “And you shall   remember the LORD your God, for it   is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His   covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.Duet8:18

Confessing and acting on bring prosperity

8     This Book of the   Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and   night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For   then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.Josh1:8

27   Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my   righteous cause; And let them say continually, ” Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His   servant.”Ps35:27

 

2     Beloved, I pray   that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul   prospers.

3John1:2

11   If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend   their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

Job36:11

6     God sets the solitary in families; He   brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a   dry land. Ps68:6

 

If you have suffered adversity, know that   it is a stepping stone to prosperity. Your change is coming.

       In the day of prosperity be joyful, But   in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as   the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.

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When   fools prosper it digs their grave because it goes into their heads.

For the turning away of the simple shall slay   them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Prov.1:32

The Presence of God brings prosperity

2     The LORD was with Joseph,   and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the   Egyptian.

3     And his master saw   that the LORD was with   him and that the LORD made all he did to   prosper in his hand.

Gen39:2-3

7     The LORD was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he   rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.2Ki.18:7

Jesus   came to give us super abundant life; to influence our world, make indelible   impact on our community and our nation and the whole world. We are His  ambassadors, His royal priesthood, His Hands and Feet on the earth.

10        The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to   destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it   more abundantly. John10:10

30        This same Hezekiah also   stopped the water outlet of Upper Gihon, and brought the water by tunnel to   the west side of the City of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his works.2Chro32:30

It is not just what you give that   matters but your attitude in giving maters. Give cheerfully, hopefully and   generously.

38   Give, and   it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and   running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you   use, it will be measured back to you.”

Luke6:38

The Cheerful Giver

6     But this I say:   He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully   will also reap bountifully.

7     So let each one give   as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a   cheerful giver.

8     And God is   able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all   sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

9     As it is written: ” He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”

10   Now may He who   supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed   you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,

11   while you are   enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through   us to God.

2Cor9:6-11

9     For you know the   grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes   He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

2Cor8:9