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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

Don’t Panic

by Oyin

December 13, 2014

Roll your works upon the Lord–commit and trust them wholly to Him; [He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
Proverbs 16:3

Right now you may be on the edge of a major decision… about to make a change in your job or your church or your personal life. You know you need divine guidance. And you’re hoping desperately to hear from the Lord.

If that’s your situation, don’t panic. Being led by the Lord isn’t some complicated process that only the spiritual “pros” can master.

I found that out years ago when I was a new believer. I wanted to live in a way that was pleasing to God, but I didn’t know how to make decisions that were in line with His will.

Then one day as I was studying The Amplified Bible, I came across Proverbs 16:3. Immediately, I latched onto this verse and began to use it in my life–and I can tell you now from experience, it works!

It will work for you too if you’ll do what it says. Roll your works over on God, commit your ways to Him, trust them wholly to Him. He’ll start adjusting your thoughts to be like His until, at some point, you’ll just know the right thing to do. Of course, faith is involved. One of the requirements is trust, and you won’t be able to do that without feeding on God’s Word. Then as you practice rolling your works upon the Lord and trusting Him, you become more confident in your ability to hear. Start now with whatever problem is bothering you. Pray and trust God with it. In other words, believe you receive when you pray. Stop worrying and begin believing.

Learn to live this way and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been a Christian 30 minutes or 30 years, your plans shall be established and succeed.

by Gloria Copeland

Why S.O.A.P. your verses?

by Oyin

It’s one thing to simply read scripture, but when you interact with it, when you learn to slow down to REALLY read it, suddenly words start popping off the page. By SOAPing your verses you are able to dig deeper into scripture and “see” more than if you simply read the verses and then went on your merry way. Let me encourage you to take the time to SOAP the daily verses and see for yourself how much more you get out of your daily Bible reading!

What does S.O.A.P. mean?

S – stands for Scripture- Physically write out the scripture and you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and write out what you are reading!

O – stands for Observation- What do you observe in the verses that you’re reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?

A – stands for Application- This is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?

P – stands for Prayer- Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life.

~ From YouVersion Bible App

A Powerhouse of Protection

by Oyin

November 11, 2014

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
Isaiah 54:17

No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Isn’t that great news! Isn’t it good to know that no sickness, no circumstance, no problem that rises against you can successfully bring you down?

Some years ago, one of our friends was facing a lawsuit. He and I prayed together according to this scripture and agreed it was the final word in the situation, not the allegations against him. We stood in faith, believing that lawsuit had to fail.

Sure enough, when my friend went to court, they just couldn’t beat him. He didn’t win that case because of his keen and witty lawyers. He won because he was innocent and because he had believed that powerful promise of God.

Follow his example. When the devil attacks you in some area of your life, don’t sit around crying and begging God to save you. Open up your Bible to Isaiah 54:17 instead. Remind yourself of what God has promised you. Use that promise to strengthen you against sin and every other evil work the devil would like to use to keep you bound.

Then establish yourself on it through prayer. Say, “Lord, I refuse to be afraid of this weapon the devil has brought against me because I know that according to Your Word, it cannot prosper. I trust You to protect me, and I thank You for it now. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Don’t let the powerhouse of God’s protection go to waste. Put it to work in your life. It is your rightful heritage as a servant of the Lord.

by Kenneth Copeland.

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

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