As we are in a new year 2021, I wish to point out that for you and I, to still be breathing in the land of the living is evidence that God has not finished with us.
The year 2020 haven come and gone with all its setbacks and challenges, especially that of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which started in 2019.
It is unfortunate that many people passed away with the year2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic especially my American friends who were the worst hit in the world.
However, for you and I, we are still standing strong because of the grace and mercies of God who had preserved our lives and brought us to see the year 2021.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the year 2020 was a very good year for some people as they had achieved what they could not achieve the previous years. However, for some others, they saw the year 2020 as a very bad year.
Irrespective of how the year 2020 had ended for you, for the fact that we are still alive and well in the land of the living, we can still make it up this year 2021.
However, I wish to point out that it is said that to a large extent that we are the architect of our destiny, meaning that we are responsible for or determined what happened in our lives. For that reason, it is very obvious that if we fail to take personal responsibility, the year 2021 may still end up as the year 2020.
I said this because it is said that every object assumes a state of rest until relevant forces are applied to it. Also, it is equally said that life is not fair because it does not offer to us what we deserved but offers to us only what we demand.
That is to say, we are partly responsible for what happened to us in life, so to avoid repeating what happened to us in 2020 this year 2021, we must all take personal responsibility to remedy our situation.
In other words, where we are today is the result of where the actions or inaction we took or fail to take the previous years has placed us. What we will be tomorrow as well will be determined by the actions or inaction we took or fail to take today.
Quite often, our actions are based on the knowledge available to us or at our disposal as it is what we know that controls our lives.
This means that it is the actions we take with regard to such knowledge that determines the shape of our life and destiny whether we accept it or not.
It is very obvious, it is the limited knowledge some people have that brought about the limitations in the various areas of their lives as we fly higher or lower in life based on the level of relevant knowledge we have and apply.
To this end, we must take personal responsibility of our actions and reactions if we must see a positive change and turnaround this year 2021.
In other words, one of the personal responsibility we need to take is with respect to discipline ourselves as to go for relevant Knowledge and understanding to tackle various issues confronting us in the various areas of life endeavors.
In reality, many people are stagnated and failure in life as a result of their lack of adequate and relevant knowledge in the various areas of their lives. No wonder God, even lamented in Hosea 4:6a which says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.
He equally said in Psalms 82: 5 “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course”.
For that reason, it is said that knowledge is power and to be uninformed is to be deformed while we fly high by the levels of adequate and relevant knowledge we have at our disposal.
The apostle Paul equally said something in Colossians 1:10 saying, “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
From what Paul said, every man/woman ought to build a cordial relationship with God, which will enable him/her to walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him and as well as increasing in the knowledge of God.
For that reason, we ought to go for increased knowledge and understanding of God. The reason is that it is the increase in our knowledge of God and other relevant issues that breaks every shackle of the devil over our lives.
Moreover, the bible said Romans 10: 17 saying, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.
Also, the book of Hebrew 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
To this end, it is absolutely necessary that we take personal responsibility to build strong and robust faith in God. It is the condition and level of our faith that determines how we fly high or low in this kingdom.
Apart from the condition of our faith, anyone that desires to take charge of his or her destiny in order to fulfill it must necessarily obey the instruction of King Solomon in Proverbs 4:23 which says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”
Keeping our heart with all diligence is very crucial because whoever controls our heart(whether God or Satan) determines what happens in our life.
There is no one that allowed Satan to take control of his or her heart that will ever take charge of his or her destiny. Who is in control of your heart and action today?
End of part one, please keep a date with us as we will continue our discourse in part two next. Shalom!