I welcome you into the second edition in this teaching series and the last for the year 2018. Indeed, God has been faithful and we owe Him thanks. It is necessary as young ones to consciously give God thanks for what He has done for you and your family since the year began. He protected you and your family, He guided you in all your ways, He provided for your needs, Indeed, He deserves all the glory. It is God’s desire that you give Him thanks for every good thing you have experienced in your life. You might have lost anything in the course of the year and you see that as a reason not to give Him thanks; but, He is the reason you have not lost everything including your life, so you owe Him thanks. The Bible says: If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart (Malachi 2:2). So, I encourage you to live a lifestyle of thanksgiving and watch how God will continue to multiply your blessings.
I began in the first series on the topic Association and I established the points that association is God’s intention for man., On the other hand, I emphasised that association is a choice and not compulsory. In this series, I will continue with my discussion talk on how to choose your association. The first one I mentioned was to know yourself. Bishop David Abioye once said “that the most dangerous man is someone who knows to the depth of who he is.” You are a principal actor in every relationship you are into. That is why a good understanding of yourself will help you to succeed in whatever relationship you are into.
How do I Make the Right Association?
The Force of Focus: Focus means a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding. It could also be referred to as directed attention. Thus, to enjoy a successful association with friends, you need to be focused. The Bible says: The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light (Matthew 6:22). As teenagers this stage of your life is a very sensitive one and a foundation for a life that counts and that’s why satan fights hard to break your focus by bringing wrong associations into your life. A man once said “If you don’t know where you are going everywhere will look like it”. In the same vein, if you not focused on where you are heading to; you will miss it in life. Focus helps you to carefully select association that will add value to your life and destiny.
AREAS OF FOCUS
These are areas of your life that give priority in your selection of association.
- God, our First Priority: It is written: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). We live in a world where too many things are taking our focus away from God; such as social media, gadgets, games etc…. this has been as a result of the association we make. God must be your first priority and primary focus in life. The place you put God determines and influences your choice of association in life.
- YOUR GOALS AND VISION: The Bible says: And the lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it (Habakkuk 2:2). When you have set goals for your life; that is, things that you intend to realise and obtain within a certain period, this helps you to know who to follow to see your vision and goals come to fulfilment.
But how can you discover all these about yourself and be focused in life without the help of the Holy Spirit who is the Custodian of God’s plan and our helper in life. You can receive the Holy Spirit by accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour and become His child. You can also read relevant anointed books. The Bible says: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… (Hosea 4:6). However to enjoy successful association you need Focus. 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, call 07026385437 OR 08141320204. 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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