Thoughts On Psalms 91
Ways To Get Out Of The Rat Race
Get Out Of The Rat Race
- Musings From The Book Of Ruth 1 year ago
- Hope in Spite Of… 1 year ago
- His Truth Or My Truth? – A Closer Look At Psalm 91:4 2 years ago
- Thoughts On Psalms 91 2 years ago
- Ways To Get Out Of The Rat Race 2 years ago
Studying the book of Ruth has raised a lot of questions in my heart and also great admiration for the heroine of the text. There are indeed myriads of lessons to be learnt from this book of the bible.
Over the next few posts, I would be sharing my musings and lessons learnt from the book of Ruth. So stay with me as we go on this journey together.
Verses 11-14 – Stark Realities Of Life
It is clear from the human standpoint that there is no hope whatsoever for whosoever follows Naomi; be it Ruth or Orpah . What would be their means of livelihood? Was there any hope of marriage? There was absolutely no future to look forward to.
Verses 15-18 -Decisions
In the face of the harsh realities before them, the two ladies made their decisions. Orpah looked at all the facts on ground and made a rational decision-Go back to the place where she already had connections, push comes to shove, she has familiar faces she could always turn to for help. What more, there might still be one or two connections that could land her a good marriage.
Ruth on the other hand went out on a limb. She decided to follow the God of her mother-in-law. In spite of the tragedy that had befallen the family, there must be something that shined faith in her heart. Could it be that Ruth caught a glimpse of the Almighty God in the lives of first her husband and then her mother-in-law?
Whatever the reason might be, she took a leap of faith. Just like Abraham, she had strong faith that though it looked like all hope was lost, she was better off following the God of Israel.
So in the face of the harsh realities of life and hopeless situations, what should you do as a Christian?
- Remove your eyes from the circumstances and look up- Romans 4:18, 2nd Corinthians 4:18, Hebrews 12:2 and Psalms 34:5.
- Do not seek to know or see the full picture before trusting God. Romans 4:20, Luke 1:20-38 , 45
We all remember how stoked we were about leaving 2019, how everyone bellowed ‘Happy New Year’ at the stroke of 12 midnight on December 31st 2019. Little did we know that 2020 was going to be a roller coaster year. I wouldn’t sadden you with all the details; you know them and may harps, you suffered severely from the shortfall of one or more of these catastrophes.
Every one of us was impacted by the events of the past year in one way or the other. Indeed 2020 was a lesson in the case of the best laid plan of mice and men! But if you are reading this, you are not only a survivor, you are an overcomer!
So here we are at take-off – airport, train station, bus terminal, sea port etc. whatever means by which you think you are journeying through 2021, one thing is pertinent, who is at the helm of your affairs? What is your compass? And where or what is your anchor?
One thing that kept me grounded through the past year was the word of God and the Holy Spirit. As one item after another on my vision board seemed to stare (or is it sneer) at me in mockery, there was an anchor that held the soul; God’s Word!
So as I journey into this New Year not knowing what curve ball the year would throw, Dare I dream again? Dare I make plans? Dare I have a vision board? I dare say a resounding YES!!!!!!!!!!
What gives me the audacity to dream again, hope again and make plans again? A sure word of prophesy! Proverbs 3:5 &6.
What word do you have for the year? What has God dropped into your spirit? Remember that the arms of flesh may fail but we have an infallible God.
I invite you to dare to dream again, hope again and plan again! Do not approach the year 2021 with fatalism; que sera sera.
Let me leave you with the different translations of Psalm 27:13
New International Version
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
New Living Translation
Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
English Standard Version
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
ANew American Standard Bible
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
New King James Version
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
King James Bible
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Christian Standard Bible
I am certain that I will see the LORD’s goodness in the land of the living.
Contemporary English Version
but I know I will live to see how kind you are.
Good News Translation
I know that I will live to see the LORD’s goodness in this present life.
Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the LORD’s favor in the land of the living?
Happy New Year once again and remember all we do is WIN!!!!!!!!!!
‘My truth’ is a popular phrase that’s becoming acceptable in culture. But as I ponder more and more on scriptures, I come to the conclusion that this is a deception from the pit of hell! There is only one truth!
‘My truth’ appears harmless on the surface but it only seeks to erode our foundation of God’s word as the TRUTH.
Upon closer examination of Psalm 91: 4, I see it clearly; His(God’s) truth is my shield and buckler.
King James Bible
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
International Standard Version
With his feathers he will cover you, under his wings you will find safety. His truth is your shield and armor.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In his feathers he shall deliver you and under his wings you shall have refuge; his truth shall surround you as a supply of armor.
Ever wondered why there are so many wounded and unstable folks all around? It’s because they have left the truth of God’s word and are holding on to ‘my truth’ so they have been and are being pierced with the many arrows that life throws on a daily basis.
Circumstances and situations in life change from day to day; this is clearly evident in the happenings of this year 2020. From when the screams of happy new year rent the air till date when conspiracy theories on COVID 19 and conflicting facts fill the airwaves. So many events have taken place world over that would surely cause ‘my truth’ to change from day to day.
All these bring to mind Romans 3:4a
GOD’S WORD® Translation
That would be unthinkable! God is honest, and everyone else is a liar
New International Version
Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar
New Living Translation
Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true
So based on the foregoing, I have caught this revelation and settled in on it; God’s word is true while every man, situation or circumstance is a lie. God’s truth is my shield and buckler! Halleluiah!
This is God’s truth concerning me for this season:
Psalm 91: 5-10 – ( The Message Translation)
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door.
Here’s my submission:-
His truth; not culture
His truth; not medicine
His truth; not science
His truth; not conspiracy theories
His truth; not myths
His Truth; Definitely Not My Truth!!!!!!
His truth and nothing but his truth is my shield and buckler!
So apply God’s truth to every area of your life. His truth would save you from heartache and heartbreaks. His truth would save you from mental and emotional turmoil. His truth would deliver you from all harm and keep you protected from all the arrows that life is sure to keep throwing at you.
Bring your truth under submission to HIS truth and know peace!
A shadow is cast when an object obstructs a ray of light and the shadow can either be cast in front or behind the object.
And before something or someone can cast a shadow over a person or an object, he/it has to stand over the person or object.
Following from the above God stands watch over me that’s how come he casts his shadow over me. Thus I dwell under the shadow of the almighty (whether from behind or in front; I’m surrounded by his shadow).
How do I get God to stand over me? Jeremiah 1:12
God watches over his word to fulfil it. He backs his word to ensure that it comes to pass. You have to stand over something to keep watch over it. An example that readily comes to mind is a mother that stands over her baby’s crib; surely that mother would cast a shadow over the baby!
God’s word is light! I run into his word and I remain there come rain or shine. And the God who backs his word to ensure that it comes to pass casts his shadow over me.
When that happens then every ensuing scenario from verse 2 to the end of the 91st Psalm plays out in my life! Glory! Halleluyah!
There are so many scientific explanations about shadows so much so that the analogy above may not be scientifically sound. Or even theologically astute yes I know James 1:17(Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. However my understanding of this shadow is one that is cast by his turning back on his word).
But sometimes all that is required is a mental picture that we can carry to imprint the word into our subconscious.
So for Psalms 91, get the picture in the following steps
- God’s word is light
- God backs his word
- I stand in(on) the word
- I’m surrounded by the shadow of the almighty
- Psalms 91: 2 -21 is fulfilled in my life
Based on the foregoing, I can live a fear-free life no matter what is going on around me!!
Stop The Comparison
You are one of a kind; there’s no other person that has the exact same DNA or fingerprint as you do. I know we’ve heard this over and over again but it bears repetition. Stop trying to be like another person; own your story, focus on your life and be the best you that there can be! (Bible reference – 2nd Corinthians 10:12)
2nd Corinthians 10:12 English Standard Version
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
2 Corinthians 10:18
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Develop A Heart Of Contentment and Gratitude
Always wake up every day with a grateful heart; you could have been long dead and gone. So every day you wake up is a blessing from God. You may not have everything you ever wanted (and no one does by the way; no matter how wealthy you think they are) but you have something (you identify what it is).
1 Timothy 6:6-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (Side note: it is the love of money and not money itself; money takes on the character of the possessor)
Always see your cup as half full and acknowledge that it could have been worse. Once you have conquered the ‘demon’ of comparison and are always content and grateful about what you have and where you are at this point in your life, you are well on your way to getting out of the rat race.
Adopt A Minimalist Lifestyle
So many of us can do without some of the things that we think are essential to our happiness. Through the last 5 years of my life, I have been going through a journey of minimalism. I have had to move from a relatively ‘bigger’ house to a smaller one. I’ve had to give out more than half of my belongings and I’ve had to do without a lot of things that had become part of my daily life.
And here’s my submission; I have less things to stress me out and less bills to pay. And on a lighter note; I get dressed and ready to go out faster because of less choices of cloths and accessories (lol).
Your children can get a solid education at a regular school and not necessarily the most expensive or Bourgie School around. They can live in a smaller house, with fewer toys and still grow up well rounded and happy. Your wife can make do without the diamonds and expensive gifts(hopefully) as long as you are around more often.
I could go on and on… you know what is keeping you in the rat race; trust me, you can do without it.
Always Take A Day Off
Do not work yourself to death! There are 7 days in a week and something we call ‘weekend’. This connotes the end of a working week. So many upwardly mobile men and women take pride in being busy.
They bring work home on weekdays and clock in to work on weekends. In most of our cosmopolitan cities, children are being raised by domestic staff and we wonder the decline in social values?
There is limit to the discipline that a domestic staff can mete out to a child; a domestic staff cannot love your child as much as you do. In some appalling cases, children are left to their own devices or handed over to schools to do what parents are supposed to do.
Marriages are failing by the seconds and young adults are developing diseases that used to be associated with old age. Things are falling apart and the center seems not to hold.
For the sake of your health, family and society, please take a day off! Bond with your loved ones, sleep in; have a day when you are not awaken by an alarm clock.
Create Loving Memories With Your Family and Loved Ones
Whether you are married, with or without kids or single, there are people that constitute family to you. Make out time to create loving memories with your family. Let your kids have something nostalgic to look back on when they come of age. Let there be memories that would make them want to come see you when you are old.
Make it difficult for them to stick you in a nursing home when you are old! Do not be one those folks who people would have to think real hard for something nice to say at your funeral just because ‘you should never speak ill of the dead’
Make an unforgettable impact on the lives of those that matter to you ( and it doesn’t always take money to do so!).
Let God Set The Pace Of Your Life
We started out this segment on how to get out of the rat race by saying that we should quit the comparison game. And that we can only do so by acknowledging that we are unique and there’s no one else like us on this planet.
If you believe that, then you need to take it a step further and trust God with all the affairs of your life. Take out a little time to study the parable of the talents ( Matthew 25:14-30) with emphasis on verse 15. Everyone was given something based on their ability.
Remember that it is God that made you and he knows how he wired you. He knows the limit to what you can take. Some people are 5 talent folks, others are 2 while some are 1. Never, ever despise what God has given you. Do not make the mistake of leaving God out of the equation of your life.
There is an African proverb that says that ‘ he that runs faster than his destiny runs into destruction’
Let the person who knows the end from the beginning direct your path and set the pace of your life. If you are a 5 talent person, God would give you the grace to balance all you have to do with the things that matter most in life (family and health in my opinion).
But if you are a 1 talent person who because of comparison and greed or ignorance gets into the 5 talent lane, you would definitely run into trouble.
So in conclusion of this point, I would say, get in touch with your manufacturer (God) and find out your purpose and path in life. Always consult your user manual (the bible) it would show you how to operate.
Finally, if you do not have a relationship with your maker, that might be the reason why you are still in the rat race. Fill that God-size vacuum in your life with the right piece (God). Make Jesus the lord of your life today and watch him lead in you in the path of fulfilment. You can ask Jesus to come into your heart wherever you are now. Just a simple prayer and your new life would begin.
Say this prayer – Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that my life is nothing without you and that I was born a sinner. I acknowledge that you died for my sin so I accept what you did on the cross for me. I ask you to come into my life to be my lord and saviour. I confess that Jesus is my saviour and that having accepted him; I am now a child of God.
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A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. The phrase equates humans to rats attempting to earn a reward such as cheese, in vain. It may also refer to a competitive struggle to get ahead financially or routinely – Wikipedia
Rat Race is a term used to describe a frustrating, hard-to-break financial lifestyle. It is a lifestyle that is lived by countless people, oblivious to the very nature of it, to a degree that even when called upon, vehemently deny it. – Urban Dictionary
One would assume that as we enter the 40s and look forward to our twilight years we should have gotten a better understanding of what life is all about. But sadly that’s not so.
Many folks have been on the grind since they left college, some even before they did. I would want to assume that by now we would have understood that there’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But the sad truth is that, the reverse is the case. Many of us are still in the rat race.
Looking at our society today, we find that people are consumed with self; they have taken the phrase ‘self-love’ to a whole new level. Everyone is hustling and bustling to make it; you hear goals such as ‘ I want to retire at 40 or 50’ ‘I want my kids to attend the best school in the neighbourhood’ ‘I want my family to have the best life has to offer’ , I want… I want… I want…! (bible reference 2nd Timothy 3:1-5)
2 Timothy 3:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Dangers of the Last Days
3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
The list goes on and on. This drive and ambition is made worse by social media that has turned the world into a global village. I can stay in my house and peep into the life of someone in another part of the globe (or so I think). So I now I not only have the ‘Joneses’ to contend with but the whole world.
This leads a lot of people to work themselves to death; literally! For others, they get all their ‘wants’ and come back to an empty house, kids who hate their guts, wives/husbands who are only with them for the money, fame, inheritance and a meaningless life.
That’s how come we see and hear of famous and rich people committing suicide. But we just saw their instagram post last week and they looked so fly, happy and fulfilled? They even granted an interview and I was wishing my life was half like theirs? So what happened?
What they showed the world was a façade; no one knew what was going on inside of them. No one ever posts an instagram picture or Facebook post of the ‘nasties’ in their lives; even when they say they do, trust me, it has been doctored for publicity purposes.
If you believe everything you see on social or news media, then you need to realign your vision and sight. You might say that you are not affected by any external influence but hmmm! Think again. Take a second look at the urban dictionary definition of Rat Race.
Some folks chase their ambitions, dreams and aspirations to the exclusion of all else. They provide their family with everything that money can buy but deny them of their love, presence and fellowship.
Others in a bid to climb the corporate ladder step on all toes that try to put a foot in their way; thereby making life-long enemies. Another group climb to the end of a ‘success’ ladder only to find to their utter disappointment that it is the wrong ladder. Oops!
I’ve said all the above just to jolt our minds and bring the issue of the futility of what we’ve been doing most of our adult lives, up, front and center!
So how do we get out of the rat race? I’ll share some of the things that the Holy Spirit has awakened in me and others that some years of observation and hours of research has taught me in my next post. Stay tuned…
Meanwhile, take a load off!
Sometime in 2014, I had a stirring in my spirit to enroll in Rhema Bible Training Center Abuja Nigeria. I did and I can tell you that that was one of my best decisions of the last decade.
My time in Rhema helped to realign the trajectory of my life and refocus my vision and purpose.
One of my favorite instructors and Director of Rhema Nigeria was gracious enough to share a synopsis of one of his teachings. I strongly believe that this message would help you as you chart the course of your journey through the next decade. Be Blessed!
Get The Vision
Habakkuk 2 King James Version (KJV)
- I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
- And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
- For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
God’s plan was for righteousness to be made available to mankind through the finished work of redemption. And thanks be unto God, Jesus consummated that plan. Several Old Testament prophets prophesied of this coming redemption which we now have today.
To Live Outside Of Faith Is Pride And Arrogance
The believer who is now made righteous in Christ is to live by faith. Faith is man acknowledging his utter dependence on God. To live any other way than by faith in God’s Word is pride.
Jeremiah 17 King James Version (KJV)
5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
Romans 10:1-3 speaks similarly about Israel
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
To walk by faith is to walk in submission to God’s way
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Romans 3:21-22 speaks further along these lines
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
A refusal to embrace the faith life is rebellion and arrogance to God. One can’t really walk in humility before God without walking in faith. Similarly, a person can’t really walk in faith without walking in humility. We must continually realize and remind ourselves that in ourselves we are nothing. It’s Jesus Christ Who is everything and it’s in Him that we are something.
What Do You See?
A key ingredient to walking in faith is vision. God’s Word brings vision of who we are in Christ, what we have in Him and what we can do because of Him. By taking time to meditate on the Word and fellowship with the Lord in prayer, He brings vision to our spirits of who we are and what we are called to do.
We need to write out the vision that God gives us plainly and follow His plans for our lives. Many times we make a plan of our own and then ask God to bless it. But God can’t put His approval on man’s plans. We should go to God to get His own vision and plan for our lives for that is already blessed.
2 Corinthians 5:7 James Version (KJV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight
We shouldn’t lead our lives primarily by the testimony of our physical senses. We need another kind of sight- we need God’s vision, which is His Word and not man’s limited vision. Anything that can be seen or perceived with the physical senses is transient, temporal and subject to change. It is God’s Word that’s eternal.
Where’s Your Focus?
What we keep looking at is of great importance if we are going to walk in faith.
2 Corinthians 4:18 James Version (KJV)
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Proverbs 4: 20 -21 James Version (KJV)
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart
Hebrews 12:1-2 James Version (KJV)
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
You Can Only Go As Far As You Can See
A man goes in the direction of his vision. We need to get God’s vision for us which is contained in a general sense on the pages of the Holy Writ. His specific plans for our individual lives would be revealed to us by His Spirit in our spirits as we spend time waiting on Him in prayer. Faith is acting on the Word of God, God’s written Word and also the specific instructions He speaks to our spirits.
Constant Fellowship with God will most certainly cause us to be visionary and see beyond natural limitations. There are absolutely no impossibilities with God. Whatever that God-given dream or vision God has placed in your spirit, He will bring it to pass if you will dare to believe Him and act upon His Word.
God Bless You.
About The Contributor
Rev. Tokunbo Adejuwon graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He also graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center Nagpur, India as well as Rhema Correspondence Bible School Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
He was ordained by Pastor & Mrs. Kenneth W. Hagin and is credentialed with Rhema Ministerial Association International, USA. He additionally successfully completed the Senior Management Programme of Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria.
He currently serves in Rhema Bible Training Center Nigeria as the National Director, with campuses in Abuja (National Headquarters), Port Harcourt, Kaduna and currently making plans for the start of the Lagos campus.
He has been actively working in the ministry for over 34 years. He has helped pioneer works, pastored, served in administrative roles and he also now itinerates both nationally and internationally.
He preaches and teaches God’s Word with passionate fervor especially on the subjects of faith and healing. He’s also very strong on following and flowing with the Holy Spirit.
Brother Toks, as he is fondly called is happily married to Dr. Akunna and they have 3 lovely children: Zoe, Sophia and Victor. They are based in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Happy New Year!
We hear these words every time a 365-day cycle is completed. So many people start looking forward to a new year once the end of November rolls up. It seems that folks forget that a new year is basically a new day just like any other. The only difference being that it heralds the start of another 365-day cycle.
I listened in on a message by Pastor Temi Odejide(London Lighthouse of House on The Rock) and he had this to say “ 2019 is not a personality but a culmination of choices and actions”.
In order to make this relevant for all times I say “a year is not a personality but the sum total of your choices and actions”
One of such choices today would be reading this article to the end. lol. On a serious note that’s one habit you have to pick up this year. READ!
So as we rejoice that we have left an old year and come into a new one, let us settle one thing: – the New Year would not automatically make all the ills in our life disappear. If you bring your old self with the old (bad) habits and choices into the New Year, by November ending you’ll be wishing for another new year.
I attended a 7pm -10pm cross over service in my church and then came home and logged onto two more services before praying and going to bed.
As I lay on my bed meditating on all that I heard in these services and regurgitating all that God had been dealing with me on, several things came to the fore of my mind. Some of these things were from the cross over messages I’d heard that resonated with what has been on my mind. I’ll share them with you and hope it helps someone.
A Closed Mind Cannot Fly
Pastor Godman Akinlabi of The Elevation Church (TEC) in Lagos made reference to this quote in the course of his message. He posited that if you must have new beginnings, you have to keep an open mind. (Bible Reference – Acts Chapter 10).
Do not hold on to preconceived notions about how life should work. Always be open to new thoughts, new ideas and new experiences. What if God wants you to change your line of work? Maybe you worked in the Stock Exchange last year and God wants to move you to Agriculture? What if you are a 45 years old female and he wants you to date and subsequently marry a younger man? What if you are planning to leave the country where you currently live and God says stay? Would you be willing to obey?
Are you ready to pioneer new moves/trends? The Wright brothers were willing to be seen as weird. Many people told them that if God wanted us to fly he would have given us wings… hmmmm.. Think about that!
Skills Attract Kings
Pst Poju Oyemade of the Covenant Christian Center Lagos stated in the course of his message that kings and skills go hand in hand. Kings are always attracted to skill. You cannot be mediocre and stand before kings! (Bible Reference- Proverbs 22:29).
This got me and left me almost sleepless all night. Not because I haven’t heard this scripture or even taught a class or two on it. But it hit an already sore spot in me. I’d been regurgitating and pondering Isaiah 60 verses 1 to 3.
Isaiah 60 King James Version (KJV)
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Isaiah 60 The Passion Translation (TPT)
1 “Rise up in splendor and be radiant,[a] for your light has dawned,
and Yahweh’s glory[b] now streams from you!
2 Look carefully! Darkness blankets the earth,
and thick gloom[c] covers the nations,
but Yahweh arises[d] upon you
and the brightness of his glory appears over you![e]
3 Nations will be attracted to your radiant light[f]
and kings to the sunrise-glory of your new day.[g]
Bishop T.D Jakes made reference to this scripture and said “Gentiles come to your light but Kings are only attracted to the BRIGHTNESS of your rising”
What have you been dabbling in on the “light” level? It’s time to take it to the “Brightness” level.
A candle is a light but it doesn’t have the same brightness as a lamp. A lamp is a light but there are different types of lamps and intensities of brightness.
Unless you hone your skill(s) until you get to the “brightness” level, you would continue to attract at best “Gentiles” You want kings to seek you out? Rise above the “light” level. (Note to Self).
Some folks are not even in the “light” level yet; well you can start the journey by rising. It’s never too late to learn a skill. Not too late to go back to school. You can intern with a master in your field. There’s so much help to be had if only you would arise!
Note to Multi-Talented Folks
I am sharing this from experience (I am multi-talented even if I say so myself lol). You can be a jack of all trades but can you please be master of one?
Hone that one skill that would open up auxiliary platforms that would showcase your other skills and talents. This is where it pays to have the help of the Holy Spirit.
Engage God’s presence and let the Holy Spirit lead you and tell you what that one skill is.
In the short course of my life, I’ve discovered that when you trust in God with all your heart and do not lean on your understanding, he takes you by the hand and leads you in the way you should go.
Now when he shows you the way, it is your responsibility to do the work; hunker down and get it right!
There’s so much I can say on this subject but let’s leave the rest for subsequent posts.
My prayer for you this New Year is that by November, you’ll be taking stock of the giant strides that you’ve taken. Note however that it may need to start with baby steps.
May you not be looking forward to 2021 as a means of escape from the frustrations of 2020.
God is ever ready to do exceeding abundantly above all you can think or ask. Are you ready to receive? Do you have the capacity to receive? In Bishop T.D. Jakes’ words “can you stand to be blessed?
To shine you have to arise. So ARISE, SHINE!
Welcome to a new year of possibilities !
I have this great friend of over a decade and he has remained buff and healthy since I’ve known him ( early 2000 till date). Well he’s a professional sports physiotherapist.
After I turned 40 I discovered that although I am slim, I was becoming winded more frequently than in years gone by. So I reached out to him and asked him the basic things I can do to remain fit even in my 40s and beyond.
Being the lecturer that he is, he took out time to give a somewhat detailed lecture(for a layman lol). Seeing as to how beneficial the lecture was, I decided to share it with you my good friends.
Health Benefits Of Exercise After Age 40 – Introduction
Yes you are 40 and I need you to know that your fourth decade is actually your best. You will realize that you are wiser and should be happier if you are doing things right. If you notice, your body will also be undergoing some changes that comes with the age and status. I want to use this opportunity to enumerate some of these changes for you.
Physiological Changes from Age 40 and above
- Takes longer for you to recover from injuries
- Prostate enlarges in men
- Testosterone production drops
- Fertility starts to decline
- Vision problem starts
- Memory issues
- High risk of Hypertension
- High risk of diabetes
- High risk of heart diseases
- High risk of cancer
- The bone density decreases
- High risk of stress fractures
- Muscle mass declines
- Your menstrual cycle gets wacky
- Urinary tract infections becomes more frequent in women
- It’s harder to get pregnant
- You experience vaginal dryness
- Tooth decay increases
- Your penis appears smaller
- Sexual appetite starts waning
- Reduced Immunity
- Frequent digestive issues
- You sleep less
- It’s harder to lose weight
- You become aware of being shorter
- Sense of smell and taste change
- Skin becomes more wrinkled
- Hair starts to grow in weird places and also reduces
- You experience more aches and pains
- Your hangovers become more intense
- Teeth becomes less sensitive
Differences between Exercise and Sport
Exercise is a form of physical activity done primarily to improve one’s health and fitness.
Sports is complex, institutionalized, competitive activity and these very characteristics works against moderate and rhythmical exercise. (CDC 1999)
Common Reasons We give not to Exercise
• I don’t have the time
• I don’t like to sweat
• I’ll look silly
• It hurts
• I don’t know what to do
• It’s not important
• My health won’t permit
• Gyms are too expensive
• I am too old now
A retrospective study of over 122,000 patients over 13 years by researchers in Cleveland revealed that not exercising is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. (JAMA, 2018)
Do you know?
• 13.5 million people have coronary heart disease.
• 1.5 million people suffer from a heart attack in a given year.
• 250,000 people suffer from hip fractures each year.
• Over 60 million people (a third of the population) are overweight.
• 50 million people have high blood pressure. (WHO, 2003)
Do you know that ……
• Child Obesity has reached epidemic proportions all over the world
• Children eat more and exercise less
• More time is spent watching TV and playing computer games
• Poor dietary habits coupled with lack of exercise leads to significant increase in levels of coronary heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
How Physical Activity Impacts Health
• Helps control weight.
• Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
• Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
• Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
• Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure
• Causes the development of new blood vessels in the heart and other muscles.
- Help to maintain homeostasis which is the state of balanced health in the body.
Health Risk of Physical Inactivity
Leading Causes of disease and disabilities associated with:
1. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
4. Type II Diabetes
6. Colorectal cancer
7. Stress and Anxiety
10. Low back pain
What Can Exercise do for you?
• Reduce the risk of the three leading causes of death: Heart Disease, stroke, and cancer
• Control or prevent development of Disease
• Enhance Mental Abilities
• Improve Sleeping Habits and Increase Energy Levels
• Lift Depression and Help Manage Stress
• Control Weight, improving self-image, appearance and health
Types of Exercise
I. Anaerobic Exercise
- Oxygen is not used for energy
- Intense physical activity in which the body’s supply of oxygen to produce energy does not meet demand.
Types of Anaerobic Exercise
• Strength Training + muscle size+ tendon, bone, and ligament strength + your lean muscle mass throughout.
*+ Basal Metabolic Rate (minimum amount of energy needed to maintain normal body functions)
Increase muscle mass = Increase basal metabolic rate= increase in loss of fat
II. Aerobic Exercise
Continuous activity that uses oxygen
• Blood supply to muscles and ability to use oxygen
• Cardiovascular/ cardio respiratory function (heart and lungs)
• Threshold for lactic acid accumulation (soreness)
• Resting blood pressure for people with high blood pressure
• Body fat and improved weight control
Types of Aerobic Exercises
• Brisk Walking
• More than 30minutes of continuous activity
• Less than 3000 steps Grossly Sedentary
• Btw 3000-5000 steps Moderately Active
• Btw 5000-7000 steps Moderately Active
• 10000 steps and above Very Active
Steps to Fitness
• Write Your Personal Fitness Goal
• Pre-participation Checklist
• Start Moving!
1. Has a doctor ever said you have heart trouble? ___ ___
2. Do you suffer frequently from chest pains? ___ ___
3. Do you often feel faint or have spells of severe dizziness? ___ ___
4. Has a doctor ever said your blood pressure was too high? ___ ___
5. Has a doctor ever told you that you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, that has been or could be aggravated by exercise? ___ ___
6. Are you over age 65 and not accustomed to any exercise? ___ ___
7. Are you taking any prescription medications, such as those for heart problems or high blood pressure? ___ ___
8. Is there a good physical reason not mentioned here that you should not follow an activity program? ___ ___
If you answer “yes” to any question, we advise you to consult with your physician before beginning an exercise program.
Ok, Now What?
Create an Action Plan:
1. Decide what you want (your goal)
2. Visualize achieving this goal
3. Write it down
4. Include details
5. Reread it often
6. Reward yourself
The F- I – T Principle
Frequency (how often)
Intensity (how hard)
Time (how long)
F – I – T for Aerobic Activity
F – 3-5 times each week
I – keep heart rate between 60-80% MHR
T – Exercise continuously for minimum of 20 minutes.
F – I – T for Anaerobic Activity
F – 3 to 4 times each week
I – keep speed near 100% for 10 seconds to 2 minutes
T – Repeat your intervals 15-30 times with rest between
3 Parts to a Workout
1) Warm-Up: 3 – 5 min. then stretch 10 minutes
2) Work-Out: 20 – 30 min., 3 – 5 times per wk.
3) Cool-Down: gradually; “pooling”
Health Benefits Of Exercise After Age 40 – Final Tips for Being More Active
• Park the car farther away from your destination.
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
• Play with children or pets. Everybody wins.
• Take fitness breaks
• Perform gardening or home repair activities.
• Exercise while watching TV
• Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office.
• Exercise Safely and Wisely
• Drink extra water
• Always warm-up & cool-down before and after your workout
• Wear comfortable clothing
• Pay attention to any discomfort you may feel during exercise
• Follow your doctor’s recommendations concerning medications you may be taking.
Health Benefits of Exercise After Age 40 – Conclusion
Exercise has been proven to be one activity that impacts positively on the human body. It’s been shown to delay the ageing process and improve bodily functions.
The human body is made for movement however, this issue of movement is a road less travelled by many after the age of 40.
This is because we become more comfortable, we can now afford domestic help and subordinates who are always at our beck and call. In addition to that we have kids who are old enough to run errands, enough money to buy cars or pay for cabs.
What’s more we can now afford all the exotic meals we used to crave that was impossible to have in the previous decades because of paucity of funds.
The phrase “if you don’t use it you lose it” is very applicable to the human body. The moment you stop moving the body stops producing all the necessary hormones and strength that helps in balancing the body and keeping it healthy because the body believes you do not need it and you begin to lose fitness.
My advice to everyone in this age bracket is for us to find a form of exercise that we love to do that won’t feel like a burden or work. Find a partner who will do it with you so you don’t become bored. Make it a part of your daily activity so that you can easily achieve your objective.
There are a lot of smart watches now that you can invest in to be able to monitor your physical activity in a day. Do invest in them.
Dayo Ogunkunle is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist who is currently the Head of Sports Physiotherapy Division in the Sports Medicine Center of the Federal Ministry of Youths Sports Development (Nigeria). He is an associate lecturer to so many universities that offer Physiotherapy in Nigeria. His skills have taken him to all the continents of the world. He is also dedicated to his vocation and this has won him many commendations and accolades.
Hi my good people!
It’s been a while; had to take time out for a month long project. It was tough but thank God for success.
You all have been on my mind all along and my team and i have been researching on issues that affect us midlifers.
Please stay tuned because we have lots of goodies for you. From health tips to financial tips and career change advise.
Meanwhile here’s a very useful video i found while looking for a simple exercise routine that wouldn’t break my bones lol! Enjoy
This video can also lead to you to various other exercise regimen for both men and women over 40.
Remember to consult your physician or therapist if you have any health issues before embarking on any of these exercises.