Peace and blessings in the precious name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I welcome you to the last edition for the year 2018 and I am sure you have been blessed since the year began. To God alone be all the glory. In this festive and celebration month I will be teaching on the topic: Association. I am sure you will be wondering why this topic, but I know that so many of you will be on vacation soon. Some will be travelling while some will be going on outings meeting new friends and visiting new places because that is what the season entails. But the question is; will it make you a better person or make you worse? The Bible says: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful (Psalm 1:1).
What is Association?
Association is the relationship among a group of organised who have the same or common interest and purpose. It is often said that your association can’t leave you at the same spot; It can either make or mar you. Please, understand that the company you keep determines what accompanies you. The Bible says: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20). This confirms that every relationship you make in life can’t leave you the same. It will either add to your moral, spiritual growth, your academics or it strips you of every value. Nevertheless, God’s intends men to associate because God Himself is relationship oriented. That is why He created man to relate with Him by praying and worshipping Him. The Bible says: And the lord said it is not good for a man to be alone… (Genesis 2:18). So, God designed your life to be linked with another. At every level of your life you will always need someone. One truth about life that I have learnt is that your life counts when it impacts other people by contributing to the wellbeing of humanity. But as much as relationship is God’s intention for man He leaves you with the choices to make. Aside from the fact that you could not choose the family you were born into, all other levels of relationships or associations is by your choice. The Bible says: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live (Deuteronomy 30:19). God has given you the power to make your choice of friendship and acquaintance but He also admonishes us to choose the good because it does not only affect you but also your seeds. Association is a key determinant in a man’s success. If you check the story of every successful man, their relationships have a significant part to play.
How do I Make the Right Association?
Know Yourself: The journey in the discovery of self is the first step in choosing the right association or friendship. Knowing who you are and God’s plan for you is very necessary before joining yourself to a group or person. Bu, sadly, many young ones don’t see the need to discover or find out who they are. It is important to find out what God’s Word says about you. The journey to the discovery of self answers the question WHO AM I? This will define your identity, purpose and potentials, it will help you find out your strength, weaknesses, values, temperament, behaviour, disposition etc. It helps you to know how to deal with situations, relate with different people, what your character is like and to observe your attitude towards things. A wise man once said “He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise.”
But how can you discover all these about yourself without the help of the Holy Spirit who is the custodian of God’s plan for your life. You can receive the Holy Spirit by accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour thereby making you His child. You can also read relevant anointed books. The Bible says: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… (Hosea 4:6). If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again! Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR08141320204. For more insight, this book authored by me is available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Make Your Life Count.
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