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Reading Log 2014

by Oyin

1. The Magic of Thinking Big – David Joseph Schwartz
2. The Wisdom that Works – Bishop David Oyedepo
3. Blessed to be a Blessing – Kenneth Copeland
4. Are You Ready? – Gloria Copeland
5. Build Your Financial Foundation – Gloria Copeland
6. Doing Business The Spiritual Way – Timo ten Cate & Janneke Kromkamp (note: not all things mentioned in this book are bible based spirituality)
7. Why We Buy – Paco Underhill
8. The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
10. So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport
11. Made To Stick – Chip Heath & Dan Heath
12. Startup of You – Reid Hoffman
13. A Whole New Mind – Daniel H. Pink
14. Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
15. Youtility – Jay Baer
16. Mastery – Robert Greene
17. Hooked – Nir Eyal
18. The Promise of a Pencil – Adam Braun
19. Personality Not Included – Rohit Bhargava
20. The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber
21. The Force of Faith – Kenneth Copeland
22. Show Your Work – Austin Kleon
23. Thrive – Arianna Huffington
24. Exceedingly Growing Faith – Kenneth Hagin
25. The Creative Habit – Twyla Tharp
26. Ingenius – Tina Seelig

Put Patience to Work

by Oyin

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Hebrews 10:35-36

Most of us have a distorted idea about patience. We think of it as something designed to help us suffer failure gracefully, but according to these scriptures, it will actually put us on the path to success!

Patience (or being consistently constant) is the power twin of faith. They work together to see to it that the promises of God are fulfilled in your life.

Say, for example, you need a job. You can go to the Word and see clearly that God promises to provide your needs. You can see He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. Once you see that, faith takes hold and you shout, “Hallelujah, I’ve got the job I need.”

But what happens to that faith tomorrow morning when you go to three interviews and get turned down all three times? Then what? That’s when patience has to take over! That’s when you have to make a decision to stay constant, to act as if nothing’s changed.

The truth is, if you based your confidence on the Word of God, nothing has changed. It says exactly the same thing it said yesterday.

So, if you’ll put patience to work, you know what you’re going to say after those three unsuccessful job interviews? You’re going to say, “Hallelujah, I’ve got the job I need!” just like you did before.

You see, faith opens the door to God’s promise for you; and patience keeps it open until that promise is fulfilled.

Do you have your faith sights set on a promise of God today, a promise you’ve been waiting on for some time? Don’t let the delay discourage you. Put patience to work. The Word guarantees you will receive your reward

- by Kenneth Copeland

The Deciding Witness

by Oyin

October 4, 2014

In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Matthew 18:16

You’ve been there many times, standing in the valley of decision. Perched precariously between victory and defeat. On one side of you is the word of the world authored by Satan that says, for example, “You’re not going to get healed.” On the other side of you, the Word of God is saying, “My Word is Yea and Amen” and “By His stripes, ye were healed.” Who will determine how it all turns out? You will. You’re the establishing witness.

I remember a fellow once who wanted me to pray for him. I said, “Now the Word says you’re healed.” He interrupted me and said, “Yeah, I know it says that, but I’ve got this terrible pain here….”

I looked him in the eye and said again, “The Word says, ‘By His stripes, you were healed.'”

“I know it,” he answered, “but I’ve got this terrible….”

I shook my head. “Listen, the Word says you’re healed!”

He turned beet red. “I KNOW IT SAYS THAT, BUT I’VE GOT THIS….”

Finally, he stopped and stared at me. He didn’t realize it, but he’d allowed his physical symptoms to become his evidence. It was what he believed. No matter what the Word said, he believed the thing he could see and feel.

But when he got quiet, I said to him, “Look, you’re wanting me to agree with you and you’re mad because I won’t. But if I agree with you, you’re going to die. Now if you’ll agree with me and the Bible, we can get you healed.”

Suddenly he saw it. His eyes lit up. “Oh, praise God! I see what you mean. I agree with the Word of God!”

I put my hands on his head and God healed him instantly.

You see, when he finally decided to get in agreement with God, he could have received in his bedroom or driving down the road or anywhere else. He could have received any time he decided to become the establishing witness.

You pray and establish your witness. That’s your part. If you’ll do it, God will back you–and when He backs you, everything else either has to get in line or get out of the way.

You’re the deciding witness. What do you say

by Kenneth Copeland

Step by Step Faith Maturity & Use

by Oyin

1) Go to the word over the situation. Find out what God says about that situation.
2) Keep that word constantly in front of you. Your eyes, ears & mouth.
3) Go to God based on His word & promises not your need.
4) Speak the end result to the situation just like David did before he destroyed Goliath (1 Samuel 17:45-46)
5. Praise! Praise! Praise! Because it is done.

… On Controlling Outcomes

by Oyin

“If you walk in fear & anger, you’ll find fear and anger. Go into situations with what you want to find there… When you worry, you’re holding pictures in your mind that you want less of… What you focus upon you become. What you focus on comes to you. So hold in your mind what you want more of.”
– John Roger


by Oyin

God's love is unstoppable

An unstoppable love that never ends.

… On The Concept of Time

by Oyin

Everything changes the day you figure out there is exactly enough time for the important things in your life.
– Brian Andreas

The Gap by Ira Glass

by Oyin

This video inspired me to keep pushing. Helped me realize what creative work is truly about.


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