Friday, 25 March 2016
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is
finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15
Read: 1st John 2:15-17,
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Christians are not to attach themselves to this world. When you get consumed with the affairs of this life you are distracted from keeping your mind on the things of God.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”
Satan and his agents are trying to deceive people, to see the things of this world as desirable. We must not give room for the evil values and morals that have been embraced by those who have given their hearts to the devil. The devil always wants to prove a point against God. He is always devising ways by which men will focus on themselves and the material possessions of this world. Is your mind occupied with the material things of this world? Are you a victim of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life? These three are tripartite sins which we must not give in to. All that the world system contains is built around these three categories of sin.
The lust of the flesh refers to those things we crave for with the intent of satisfying our fleshy desires. They could be the pursuit of food and other things that give the flesh a good feeling. We must not forget the encounter Jesus had with the devil after fasting for 40 days. The first test is the test of food. There are many people who are serving God today only because of their stomachs. Are you one of them?
The lust of the eyes refers to those activities that make men follow after things that look appealing to the eyes. The experience of David with Bathsheba is a good example of the lust of the eyes. The moment he set his eyes on her, he could not resist the temptation, until he fell for it and lost his kingdom. Today there are many things people do because they want to satisfy the lust of the eyes. The moment they see that someone’s house or car is better than theirs, they do all manner of things to get it. They are never grateful for what they have, but rather they chase after flashy things. Are you in this category? I pray he will not succeed over you in Jesus’ name.
The pride of life refers to those things you do in order to make a point about how important you are in the society. It is the accumulation of things not just because you need them, but to engage in a show of self-worth and superiority. This has become the norm today even among believers. They boast about their names, degrees and background. A son of mine once said that if you remove God from his life, all that will be left will be carcass. I replied him by saying, “you even still have carcass left, if you remove God from Adeboye, there will be nothing left”. This is why I cannot allow anything people call achievement to enter into my head, because I know that He is the one behind all. This is why the youths in RCCG have developed a chant: WHO DID IT? And the congregation responds by saying; JESUS! OH MY GOD, WOW!
Father, please help me not to be a victim of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Judges 15-17 and Job 42:10-17
GOOD MORNING & HAPPY WEEKEND
The Redeemer’s University, Ede, State of Osun, is said to be agog at the prospect of Mr. Bola Akingbade visiting the campus to speak to the students and the entire university community on the subject of university branding.
Bola Akingbade is billed to deliver a Bespoke paper on Building a World Class University: the Role of Brand Management. The conference which holds on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, is expected to be attended by about 2000 students and the entire university community.
Mr. Akingbade would be sharing his rich and enduring marketing communications knowledge and experience with students of Redeemer’s University (RUN) as they mark their BrandiQ Club Day at The University Auditorium, Ede, Sate of Osun.
Already, there is a high level of excitement within the entire academic community since the announcement that this strategic marketing egghead would be presenting the main paper during the RUN BrandiQ Club Day. Students from neighbouring universities and polytechnics have been invited in huge numbers to grace the occasion. The Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University Prof Debo Adeyewa and the registrar,Bola Oloketuyi will play hosts to the select personalities across all spheres of life invited to the unique occasion.
The guest speaker, Bola Akingbade is one of Nigeria’s most respected brand strategist with vast marketing experience. His experience cuts across local and international marketing assignments mostly in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FCMG). He is a former Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Nigeria. While serving this Telco giant, Akingbade deployed his wealth of experience to create seamless strategic marketing models to boost the firm’s profitability.
He also worked with Nigerian Breweries Plc where he rose through the ranks and climaxed as Corporate Affairs Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc in 2004. In 2001, he was at Heineken International, responsible for building the Amstel brand across the African continent. He also served as the Marketing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc
He has held leadership positions in several professional bodies, including the Advertisers’ Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) where he served as President. He is a member of Nigerian Institute of Marketing; Fellow, Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria and Member, Institute of Directors.
With this wealth of experience, handling a highly interactive and intellectual session that would dissect several burning issues bordering on the question of institutional branding and other related issues comes natural to Mr. Bola Akingbade. At Tuesday’s event, Students and other members of the academic community will have the privilege of interacting real time with this marketing legend.
BrandiQ Campus Club, the organising platform for this programme was designed to intellectually equip all students, especially those in programmes related to Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) in universities and polytechnics, and to also develop their brainpower and creative minds during their formative years in school.
Commenting with excitement, after he has seen the impact of the club in schools like Redeemers University, the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of BrandiQ Magazine, Mr Desmond Ekeh, expressed great delight at the pace of the club’s growth in Redeemer’s University. He further stated that the major objective of establishing the club on campuses is to “give students a platform to assimilate the IMC industry and activities of players in the industry and help them transit from the university to the labour market. We have spoken to industry experts who are poised to mentor students in the areas of their endeavour. This will involve the use of conferences, workshops, seminars, symposiums and other professional windows and mediums of supporting the academic world, just like the one we would be witnessing next Tuesday. We hope corporate organisations will respond positively to this cause, even as they will end up being the major beneficiaries of this initiative”.
In bemoaning the disconnect between the university and the labour market, in terms of capacity, Mr Ekeh noted that recent experience by employers has shown that it is becoming increasingly difficult for graduates to “enter into the labour market as equipped and ready hands,” hence the need to “fire up their professional spirit,” while still in school, through such initiative. “The purpose is to connect.”
The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BrandiQ, Mr. Agbo Agbo also commended the BrandiQ club of Redeemers University, for their commitment to scholarship and encouraged other students in various universities and polytechnics to make the most of the BrandiQ platform to support their academic endeavours.
Prominent Nigerian juju singer, Ambassador Segun Nabi, is set to release three albums at ago.
The very talented juju act will converge the creame-de-la-creame in the society at exotic Glass House Event and Suite, Olayiwola Street, Abule-Egba, for the listening party.
The three albums titled “Grip, Appreciation and Amin which are composed by the versatile juju exponent will hit the market same day.
Among those who will grace the event and will also on the bandstand on that day are, the tugba gospel crooner, Yinka Ayefele and afro Juju creator, Sir Shina Peters and a host of other notable entertainers like: Mega 99, Femi Lacaster, 9ice, Dele Gold, Saint Janet, Atorise, and Ifemide.
The gate pass for the event is Ankara fabric.
Not everyone can meet Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi -- not even the daughters of the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Obama was speaking at the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Town Hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and revealed that his daughters Sasha and Malia had asked him if they could meet the Argentine No. 10.
But even the POTUS could not make it happen.
"I also wanted to bring my daughters here, so they could see the beauty and the vibrancy of this city," he told the crowd. "They've already met one famous Argentinean -- His Holiness Pope Francis. Now they want to meet [Lionel] Messi, but I could not arrange that."
Good to know that even some of the most famous people on the planet can't get everything they want, but it is surely only a matter of time before a signed Messi shirt arrives on the steps of the White House.