“IT’S A MESSAGE”: Effectiveness | by Taiwo

Happy New Year to everyone on UYT, I hope we all had a good time with our loved ones over the festive period? But I pray this New Year brings greatness and happiness to one and all.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

For us to be effective this year in our relationships with God, our families, our friends and everyone else we need to;

First, come to an understanding that there are things that we do, things we say and even thoughts that we think that have the power to (and often does) render us ineffective in our relationships with God and everyone around us that we need to stop. I’m not talking about perfection but what I am talking about is letting go of our pleasures, desires, thoughts and things we do and say that we know if we hold on to, it will cause us not to be effective and eventually destroy us.

A quick insight into my life; I was addicted to pornography. It is only by the Grace of God I am being set free. I use the word ‘being’ not because God has not fully set me free but because I now have an understanding of how to remain set free and now that I have the knowledge given to me by God I now need to continue walking in that understanding and knowledge.

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
James 1:22 (NLT)
Secondly, with the understanding God has given to us about our lives, we need to put it to practice but more importantly, we continue to go back to God for help and assistance because it is in doing so we can finish this Christian race and be effective along the way.

Happy New Year once again and God bless you all.
Tai

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